Tagged: cholesterol

Is olive oil really that special?

In the past 25 years, olive oil has taken on the sta­tus of a health food, initially among those trying to improve their cholesterol lev­els and protect their heart, but then also among people who were...

Glucomannan: a new fiber option

It’s well known that soluble fiber, as found in oats, barley, and psyllium (used in bulk laxatives such as Metamucil), helps lower blood cholesterol levels and promote “regularity” and has other potential health benefits. Now another soluble fiber is...

Are eggs bad for your heart?

The claim: Eggs raise blood cholesterol levels and increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. The facts: It’s no wonder this myth still circulates. Recommendations to limit dietary cholesterol to no more than 300 milligrams a day...

Coconut oil has never been healthy

The American Heart Association recently released a report advising against the use of coconut oil. The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in seven...

DASH diet: two more benefits

As its name indicates, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan was designed to lower elevated blood pressure. Since its anti-hypertension effect was proven by NIH researchers in the 1990s, DASH has been...

Pros and cons of soy foods

What’s good about Soy? It’s heart-healthy. Soy protein has been shown to slightly reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, the “bad” kind. A landmark 1995 study that looked at nearly 40 controlled clinical trials found...

Foods that lower Cholesterol

Fruits and vegetables Many are rich in soluble fiber, which helps lower total and LDL cholesterol. These include apples, citrus fruit, berries, carrots, apricots, prunes, cabbage, sweet potatoes, okra, and Brussels sprouts. Aim to eat...