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Did you know?
You may know what foods to avoid in order to keep your levels of bad cholesterol in check -- no mounds of butter on your bread, or ice cream for dessert every night -- but what are the foods you should be including in your diet to ensure a healthy heart and a managed level of cholesterols?
Many studies have found that in order to manage your cholesterol levels, you need to know which foods are heart healthy and which are not. By eating the correct foods, you can raise your good cholesterol while lowering the bad. Knowing what to eat or what not eat is not enough though. You need to know how to prepare your food in a healthy manner as well.
You can reduce your cholesterol levels and decrease your chances of developing heart diseases by increasing the intake of the following foods:
Oatmeal and oat bran are rich in soluble fiber, a type of fiber which lowers the bad or LDL cholesterol without lowering the good HDL cholesterol. Thus, food products containing oat bran and rolled oats, such as oatmeal, and whole oat flour should be included in your diet. One bowl of oatmeal contains about 3 grams of soluble fiber. Include other soluble-fiber-rich foods such as apples, kidney beans, pears and barley.