LDL (low-density lipoprotein – bad cholesterol) is in saturated fats. The “saturated” of these fats refers to chemical bonds. In some cases it is easy to distinguish because saturated fats are solid at room temperature, for example, butter, margarine, animal fats, and cheeses.
In other cases, saturated fats are “hidden” and not as easy to identify. It is known that most processed foods containing high levels of LDL, however, saturated fats are also present in many natural foods. Most nutritionists believe that with these foods, the health benefits outweigh the disadvantages. In other cases, there are foods that contain saturated fats but contain unsaturated fats. As a general rule, most nutritionists agree that the more highly processed a food is, the higher the amount of bad cholesterol it contains. A hamburger fast food establishment, probably contains more LDL than a burger prepared at home.
In a recent study, participants who switched fatty meats with lean meats managed to lower their cholesterol levels by 10%. However, if the bad cholesterol has become a health problem for you, the best way to overcome this problem is to eat certain foods that lower cholesterol. According to studies, these are some of the best:
Almonds lower LDL levels, while at the same time supply us with vitamin E, an essential vitamin absent in most of our diets. Choose toasted almonds and salt and portions no larger than ¼ cup.
Pistachios are the worst enemy of bad LDL cholesterol and are also full of antioxidants. This makes them a powerful “medicine” in the fight against cardiovascular disease. Stick to portions no larger than ¼ cup.
3) Unprocessed grain
Changes foods containing processed grains (such as commercial cereals, for example) for foods containing raw grains, which fight bad cholesterol. Oats and barley are two of the best. Eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast each morning can be the healthiest way to start the day. The whole grain can not only reduce cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of hypertension but also can help you avoid weight gain and type II diabetes.