People who have high cholesterol should follow a strict diet and avoid the excessive intake of meat, especially red meat. If you still need to eat a small amount of meat, is there anything you can do and still control your cholesterol?
People who absolutely need to eat meat can combine it with lotus root. Lotus root is high in protein and dietary fiber. These two substances, when combined with the body’s own bile salts, help to expel cholesterol and triglycerides contained in certain foods.
When you eat meat with lotus root, you are making a good choice. The following foods are also good choices if you are trying to keep your cholesterol under control:
Salmon is rich in unsaturated fatty acids. Eating salmon can help to lower blood lipids and cholesterol, and enhance blood vessel elasticity. Chinese medicine suggests salmon is also good for the spleen and stomach, and for people with digestive problems.
Most of the fat from this freshwater fish is also rich in unsaturated fatty acids. This type of fat has an excellent cholesterol-lowering effect. If you eat carp often, not only do you gain a variety of nutrients, but you also help to control coronary artery disease.
Oysters are rich in the trace elements zinc and taurine. Taurine can promote the decomposition of cholesterol in the liver, and thus total cholesterol in the bloodstream. Oysters are good for the prevention of atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, and cerebral infarction.
Rabbit meat is very lean, and is mainly composed of unsaturated fatty acids. It is also rich in lecithin, which helps to reduce blood lipids and inhibit platelet aggregation and the occurrence of atherosclerosis.
Sea cucumbers are rich in polysaccharides, which can reduce blood viscosity, and serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also plays a role in lowering blood lipids.
People with high cholesterol should also consider the following healthy food choices:
Soybeans, black beans, green beans, peas, and lentils are all good sources of fiber and protein. These legumes do not contain cholesterol; rather, they can effectively prevent the intestinal absorption of cholesterol. Soy protein especially can help to reduce total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and triglyceride levels.
Coarse or whole grains
These foods are absorbed slowly in the body, resulting in the long-term release of energy, which helps control hunger.
Consuming vegetable oil, especially olive, grape seed, flax seed, and avocado oil, at a daily dosage of 25 grams is appropriate. However, avoid using the same type of vegetable oil for too long.
Fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits, especially berries, and dark green and red vegetables help to improve myocardial function and blood circulation. Daily intake of at least 400 grams of fresh fruits and vegetables is recommended.
It should be noted that although people with high cholesterol can eat meat, intake should be limited. While animal protein has a high energy density, excessive consumption can lead to obesity, resulting in increased blood lipids, elevated cholesterol, and other health issues.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.