List of Food That Lowers Cholesterol
People trying to lower their cholesterol levels through dietary changes should focus on certain foods. Those that lower cholesterol contain plant sterols, plant stanols, or soluble fiber. Use the list provided in this article for ideas of foods to incorporate into a low cholesterol diet.
Are There Cholesterol Lowering Foods?
Cholesterol research has shown food that lowers cholesterol contains at least one of the following:
- Plant sterols and stanols
- Soluble fiber.
Until recently, foods high in soy protein were on the list of food that lowers cholesterol. Recent research, however, has shown this not to be the case.
There are also a number of foods that do not reduce cholesterol but do reduce the chances for developing heart disease.
(Click Heart Healthy Foods for more information on foods such as walnuts, almonds, garlic, and certain types of fish that may reduce the chances of heart disease.)
A List of Food That Lowers Cholesterol
Examples of foods that lower cholesterol include:
- Oat bran
- Kidney beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Baked beans
Margarines and a number of other products are being fortified with cholesterol lowering plant stenols or sterols, including Benecol® and Take Control®.
You can read more about these foods by going to Cholesterol Lowering Food.