There is a well-known saying, “you are what you eat” and at Central Georgia Heart, our doctors know better than anybody that a healthy diet is the first step in preventing high cholesterol. But just because you need to eat right doesn’t mean you need to restrict yourself to bland fiber supplements. Instead, we have a few tips from cardiologists to keep your diet heart healthy.
- Salmon and Omega-3 Rich Foods. Omega-3 fats are a super aid in warding off heart disease and the issues that come with high cholesterol. According to research from Loma Linda University, replacing saturated fats found in processed foods with fish like salmon, sardines, and herring can raise good cholesterol as much as 4%.
- Rolled or Steel Cut Oats. Oatmeal contains a key ingredient called beta-glucan which is a substance that absorbs LDL (the bad kind of cholesterol). Once it absorbs LDL is is then passed through your system. To reap the benefits, opt for a fresh fruit and nut-filled bowl of oats in the morning rather than frozen or instant breakfast options.
- Dark Chocolate. That’s right, you can still have the good stuff while also enjoying lower cholesterol levels. As an antioxidant rich food, chocolate can prevent blood platelets from sticking together and clogging arteries.
- Olive Oil. This is an extremely easy swap for any diet. Not only is olive oil full of delicious flavor, it is filled to the brim with healthy mono-saturated fat which lowers LDL just like Salmon. Instead of using canola oil or margarine in your cooking, a tablespoon of olive oil works just as well while also promoting a healthier heart.
- Beans. Because beans are so high in fiber, they have been shown to slow the absorption of cholesterol in your digestive system. Rather than letting your body absorb the bad stuff, it helps you pass it through. Black beans and pinto beans are a great addition to soups, chili, and salad.
At Central Georgia Heart Center, we have been saving people for over 30 years. Our four interventional cardiologists, two general cardiologists and one electrophysiologist offer you the most reputable heart care in Macon, Georgia, and surrounding areas. If you feel you would benefit from our services, visit our new patients page here!