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12 Foods That Help Lower Cholesterol

Reader's Digest.CA Logo By Jill Waldbieser of Reader's Digest.CA | Slide 1 of 13: High cholesterol is considered a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease, the top cause of deaths in the country and worldwide. One of the most effective ways to keep cholesterol in check is completely within your control: Watch what you eat. But that gets tricky when the rules for healthy eating have changed. 'To understand how diet can affect your cholesterol, we first have to set the record straight,' says Elroy Vojdani, MD, IFMCP. 'The story we heard in the '80s and '90s, that cholesterol in foods you heat can affect the cholesterol in your blood, is incorrect.' More recent research has shown that other kinds of foods can affect your cholesterol and your heart health—here are the ones experts favor.

New rules to live by

High cholesterol is considered a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease, the top cause of deaths in the country and worldwide. One of the most effective ways to keep cholesterol in check is completely within your control: Watch what you eat. But that gets tricky when the rules for healthy eating have changed. 'To understand how diet can affect your cholesterol, we first have to set the record straight,' says Elroy Vojdani, MD, IFMCP. 'The story we heard in the '80s and '90s, that cholesterol in foods you heat can affect the cholesterol in your blood, is incorrect.' More recent research has shown that other kinds of foods can affect your cholesterol and your heart health—here are the ones experts favor.
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