Does anyone have any suggestions for some recipes for people who are trying to lower their cholesterol? I have hundreds, maybe even thousands of recipes, but of the ones I have, I seem to have a real shortage of recipes that would fit that bill. My husband has high cholesterol and I'm sure I have, too, since I eat the same things that he does.
Also, can anyone tell me of a good place to go for some cholesterol and sugar lowering guidelines? We both want desperately to lose weight, too. Thanks ahead of time for the advice!
Robin from Washington, IA
I recently read an article on WebMD about results of a recent study that proved certain foods lower cholesterol better than statins. Here is part of that article with those foods listed:
Cholesterol-Lowering Diet Packs Punch
Diet Rich in Cholesterol-Lowering Foods Lowers Cholesterol Level by 20%
By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Medical News
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
on Friday, March 10, 2006
March 10, 2006 -- Eating a mostly plant-based diet rich in several cholesterol-lowering foods may lower cholesterol levels nearly as effectively as taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
A new study showed people who ate a diet rich in cholesterol-lowering foods, such as soy protein, almonds, plant sterol-enriched margarines, and natural fiber (from items such as oats, psyllium, okra, and eggplant) for a year lowered their cholesterol levels by 20% or more, a reduction comparable with that found with statins. (03/15/2006)
If you eat high fiber foods, low fat foods, and lots of fruits and veggies you are guaranteed to lose weight and lower your cholesterol. I did this and it works. (03/15/2006)
My husband had to have a stint put in a year ago this past Christmas. We found out that at this time his bad cholesterol was near 1000. Partly from diet, the rest he inherited from his father. So in cutting his cholesterol we found that part of the cholesterol came from fat, but the big part came from dairy products. I buy mostly fat free when possible and low fat the rest of the time.
This diet dropped his cholesterol to a level that was acceptable. There are many dairy products that come fat free nowadays so that is not a problem. His doctor suggested we should have red meat once a week and have fish, chicken and turkey the other days. (03/16/2006)
When I cook, I use canola or olive oil whenever possible. Olive oil will tend to burn quickly when used on high temps. So when I know I'm going to be using higher temps on the stove top, I use canola oil. We've been using ground turkey meat (but in the sausage style, as it's more flavorful than the regular ground turkey), in place of ground beef, for several years now. I hardly ever buy ground beef. We have beef occasionally, but not as often as we were, about 5 years ago (when my cholesterol level was at its all time high).
I recently had a blood test to test all my levels, my cholesterol was in the 'great' range, as well as everything else but my magnesium level. We very seldom eat fried foods. If we want chips, I buy the whole grain Frito Lay brand 'Sun Chips' or their 'Baked Lays Chips.' I try to have these on hand all the time, if not my husband will come home with the greasy chips. We don't buy cookies very often, nor do I bake often.
Finding out that I was diabetic a few years back, put a stop to all of that, real fast. The most important thing in weight loss is to drink the required 6-8 glasses of water a day, eating right, and exercise. If you do that, you'll not need any costly weight loss program. Learning to eat correctly is the biggest deal, if you don't know how, and can go, visit a dietitian. I learned lots from the one that I visited. Your insurance company might even pay for your dietitian visit. My insurance company paid nearly all of my visits. Best of Luck, Robin! (03/17/2006)
Hi Robin: Just reading all your yummy recipes is enough to make my cholesterol go sky high! Seriously though, you can still eat well and enjoy delicious food by using lots of veggies, poultry and fish. Go to Google and find out about "low glycemic foods" - this really helped me lose weight. Also, flax seed (ground) or flax seed oil capsules will definitely help lower your cholesterol. Let us know how you are doing. (03/17/2006)
All the ideas I've read so far are great. Here are some I've used to lower my cholesterol and am no longer on any meds for it. I use flax seed flakes in most of my cooking, from sauces to pancakes and cornbread, except where the light color is wanted. Not only are you increasing the fiber, but it also helps the body slow the digestion time and gives the pancreas a chance to do its thing with insulin, this helps keep your sugar levels more normal.
Also, did you know barley does better at lowering cholesterol than even oatmeal? So, I mix barley with my rice dishes, this gives a nutty flavor because it doesn't cook as quickly as the rice. Barley soup is good too. Oh, and if you eat oatmeal, then add some nuts and fruit. Makes it taste better and you don't use as much sweetener, now I don't use any other type of sweetener in it. Walnuts work great for all the nutrition they have.
If you make your own breads you might also think about including other types of flours, rye, barley, etc and nuts and seeds which will help lower that cholesterol.
The other big tip is to take any tips at a pace which gives you time to adjust. Sometimes we go all out and then lose interest, a steady pace works better for the long term. Happy Eating. Food not only provides fuel but good conversation while eating makes it process better too. (04/01/2008)
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