Sticking to a low cholesterol diet can be really hard if everyone else in your family is still eating ‘normally’. So if you can find cholesterol-friendly meals that the rest of your family will also enjoy, then it’ll make things a lot easier.
There’s no need to avoid burgers altogether if you’re following a low cholesterol diet. In fact, some burger recipes can actually help to lower cholesterol if they contain ingredients like beans or chickpeas.
Most of the top cholesterol-lowering foods are plant-based, so vegan meals are great for a low cholesterol diet. There’s no need to go ‘full-vegan’ though, if you don’t want to give up meat or dairy foods. I often make vegetarian or vegan meals to get all the cholesterol-lowering benefits and just add some fish, chicken or turkey.
Soups are great for the cold winter months and they can also help to balance out all the overindulging around Christmas.
There are plenty of breakfast options for a cholesterol-lowering diet because a lot of traditional breakfast foods, like oats and high fibre cereals, naturally lower cholesterol.
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Beans are rich in cholesterol-lowering dietary fibre, so the more you include in your diet the better. The good news is that they’re inexpensive and really easy to fit into your normal meals.
When I first started my cholesterol-lowering diet I assumed I’d have to cut out all desserts because they tend to contain things like butter and cream. But after a bit of research I realised that desserts could actually be a great way to include more cholesterol-lowering foods in my diet, as long as they’re low in saturated fat and sugar.
A lot of people with high cholesterol just focus on reducing the amount of saturated fat in their diets to lower their cholesterol. However, to get the best results, it’s recommended that those with high cholesterol also eat more foods that actively lower cholesterol.
As a mum of a young baby, I now have limited time to prepare meals. But I still want to make sure I keep my cholesterol down. So my weekday meals are currently based on really simple and minimal cholesterol-friendly ingredients that I can put together as quickly as possible.
Here are my favourite quick and simple meals that contain cholesterol-lowering foods and are really quick to prepare (many take just a few minutes):-
Some meats and dairy products are high in saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol levels if eaten frequently. Therefore, if you have high cholesterol, it’s best to eat more plant proteins, oily fish, lean meats and low fat dairy products instead.