Making Healthy Eating Better

One of the best things you can do for your cholesterol levels is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only do these foods have no dietary cholesterol that can raise your bad cholesterol levels, but some fruits and vegetables have been linked to lowering cholesterol in patients.

Research studies have proven numerous times that one of the best things you can do for yourself if you are worried about your cholesterol level is to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.

Studies also often show that North Americans eat far less fresh fruits and vegetables than they should eat, a fact that has often been suggested as a key cause for the higher cholesterol levels and heart disease levels – not to mention the higher rates of obesity – that North Americans face. To put it simply, those nations that eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains are healthier – and have lower cholesterol levels as a whole.

All You can Eat

As an added bonus, you do not have to worry as much about eating too many fruits and vegetables. While you do not want to overeat, you can eat far more fresh fruits and vegetables than meat products and remain heart healthy. You can only eat small portions of animal products before you have to worry about cholesterol content.

With vegetables and fruits, there is no such worry. If you have always felt deprived while following low-fat diets in the past, you can avoid this in the future simply by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Increasing your intake of fresh (not canned, not poached, not sweetened or boiled) fruits and vegetables significantly should be your first goal as you try to lower your cholesterol over the next 30 days.

One of the easiest ways to introduce more fruits and vegetables into the diet is to eat different types of fruits and vegetables. When most of us think of “veggies” we think only of a few. In fact, there are many types of delicious fresh produce out there that can create spectacular meals while lowering your cholesterol.

Consider all the vegetables you may not have tried yet. (please note that this list is not complete – there are too many vegetables to list here – and please note that some of these vegetables may be classified as fruits)

• Alfalfa sprouts
• Anise
• Artichoke
• Arugula
• Asparagus
• Avocado
• Beans
• Bean sprouts
• Lentils
• Peas
• Beets and beet greens
• Bok choy
• Breadfruit
• Broccoli
• Brussels sprouts
• Cabbage
• Calabrese
• Carrots
• Cauliflower
• Celery
• Chard
• Chicory
• Collard
• Corn
• Celeriac
• Daikon
• Eggplant
• Endive
• Fennel
• Fiddleheads
• Frisee
• Garlic
• Chives
• Kai_lan
• Kale
• Kohlrabi
• Leek
• Lemon grass
• Onions
• Lettuce
• Mushrooms
• Mustard greens
• Nettles
• Okra
• Peppers
• Spinach
• Radicchio
• Rapini
• Parsnips
• Radishes
• Rutabaga
• Turnip and turnip greens
• Skirret
• Squashes
• Zucchini
• Cucumber
• Tomatoes
• Potatoes
• Water chestnuts
• Watercress
Top Photo by Ralph Daily