I was quite surprised when I initially found out I had high cholesterol because I felt I had a pretty healthy diet at the time. I mostly ate foods that were low in saturated fat and generally got more than my five-a-day of fruit and veg, so I couldn’t understand why my cholesterol was so high. After a lot of research I realised that my diet didn’t contain enough foods that actively lower cholesterol, like beans, nuts and seeds.
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.
I really enjoy cooking, but like many of you, don’t have a huge amount of free time to prepare meals and snacks. So over the years I’ve found some cooking shortcuts that reduce the amount of prep time needed for cholesterol-friendly meals.
Here are my favourites:-
Through writing this blog over the last two years I’ve tried and tested lots of different ways to lower cholesterol naturally without having to resort to statins. Here’s a list of the tips I’ve found most useful in helping to lower my cholesterol and keep it low:-
Apples are one of the top cholesterol-lowering foods. They’re also full of nutrients and antioxidants, so an apple a day really could help keep the doctor away. Here are some cholesterol-friendly suggestions to include more in your daily diet:-