Meredith Baum makes her living telling people what to eat. Her top picks these days are foods that help to lower your cholesterol.
"A lot of times we're making our cholesterol issues worse by the foods we eat. So, just making small modifications in our diet can help to lower our cholesterol," says Registered Dietitian Meredith Baum.
Start by stocking up on high fiber foods. "What we're looking for is 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day, with five to ten of those grams coming from soluble fiber. What soluble fiber helps to do is, it helps to kind of grab onto those cholesterols in the small intestine and help to throw it out of the body," says Baum.
So make sure your grocery list includes: High fiber cereals, oats, beans, veggies like eggplant and brussel sprouts, and fruits such as apples and your favorite citrus. And when it comes to nuts, you want to look to foods like almonds or walnuts for cholesterol lowering properties like sterols, stanols, omega 3 fatty acids, unsaturated fats and soluble fiber.
"Fatty fishes are absolutely wonderful and the omega 3 fatty acid line. If you find you have trouble getting your omega 3's from your fish sources, you can look to things like your eggs that are fortified with omega 3's," says Baum.
Fortified with a good grocery list, you can battle high cholesterol starting with your next trip to the store.