Low Carb and Low Cholesterol Foods

The diagnosis is in. You need to lower your cholesterol and start eating healthier. The doctor told you to eat more fish, and stay active. After absorbing all of the information, you need to find low cholesterol foods. There are simple foods to start eating to help cut carbs and lower your cholesterol.

High cholesterol comes down to the tiny lipoproteins that carry the cholesterol through your veins. They need to do this because cholesterol cannot dissolve in your blood. It can block it. As a matter of fact, it is very good at blocking arteries and causing heart attacks. There are two types of lipoproteins that carry the cholesterol, which I’m sure you have heard before, HDL and LDL. Low and high-density lipoproteins (LDL, and HDL) differ in size, which comes into play when they clog arteries. The low-density proteins are much better at it. This is why having a low LDL count and a high HDL count is good. There are plenty of low carb foods to help lower cholesterol.


Fish

tuna steak

Via pacificbro on Flickr

Fish is one of the best foods to consume to lower bad cholesterol. Packed with Omega-3 fatty acids and protein, fish is always a good option. It does not have to be expensive either. Tuna salad is cheap and very low carb. If you make it with mayo, try to find the mayo with added Omega-3’s. You can also bake or lightly fry salmon, halibut, or trout.


Flaxseed

Flaxseed is a very underrated seed. Unfortunately hard to find, this seed is full of fiber and Omega-3’s. There are many ways to use flaxseed too. There are recipes to bake it, or use it as breading. Try adding it to a salad or protein shake.


Nuts

walnut picture

Via Ioan Sameli on Flickr

Nuts have always been a good source for proteins and fats. With so many options and combinations, they can be the perfect snack. Walnuts, peanuts, and hazelnuts are great low cholesterol foods. They all contain high amounts of unsaturated fats and lower amounts of saturated fats.


Oils

Consuming good oils is also a great way to lower cholesterol. Some of the best are extra-virgin olive oil and canola oil. These are also high in unsaturated fats. Salad dressing is a great way to get in those good oils. A simple vinaigrette can take minutes to make, and last all week.


Chia Seeds.

chia seeds

Via little blue hen on Flickr

Chia seeds are a great low carb food that also helps lower cholesterol. The small seeds are great sources of Omega 3’s and have a very unique taste. The seeds can be baked, but are much better in drinks. Try them in a lemonade, or smoothie.


Green Tea

Green tea is also a great low cholesterol food. The tea is typically lower in caffeine and makes a great substitute for that caramel latte you shouldn’t be drinking. Try sweetening with artifical sweeteners or adding flavor with lemons.



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