- Dark chocolate or dark unsweetened cocoa powder--eat in moderation of course.
- Avocados--has healthy monounsaturated fats
- Red wine--drink in moderation (i.e., 2 glasses for men, 1 glass for women)
- Black and green teas
- Nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pistachios)--eat in moderation since the calories can really add up
- Whole grains (e.g., barley, oatmeal, brown rice)--the soluble fiber content helps to lower LDL levels
- Fish (e.g., salmon, albacore tuna, sardines, halibut)--omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce triglyceride levels
- Olive oil--healthy source of monounsaturated fat
- Soy (e.g., edamame, soy milk, tofu)
- Beans (e.g., black bean, kidney beans, lentils)--excellent source of soluble fiber
- Fruit (e.g., apples, pears, oranges, lemons, berries)--pectin content may lower cholesterol levels
- Vegetables (e.g., broccoli, egg plant, peas)--healthy source of fiber
- Fortified foods (e.g., granola bars, yogurt, orange juice)--fortified with plant sterols which may lower cholesterol absorption
Brian Danley, CFT
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