Eat Healthy Foods to Prevent High Cholesterol

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Want to keep your heart healthy?

Exercise. Manage stress in healthy ways. Don’t smoke. Maintain a healthy weight, or lose weight if you need to. And eat healthy foods.

Did you know the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease? About 650,000 people die every year from heart disease. And it doesn’t have to be that way. Heart disease is largely preventable, it starts with eating healthy.

When you eat foods high in saturated fats and transfats, your body digests the food you eat, but not the fat. Fat is transported to the liver, which produces cholesterol. It’s a fatty substance found in the blood. Poor diet and lifestyle habits can also raise triglyceride levels, another risk factor for heart disease.

If your diet contains a lot of saturated fats and transfats, you’re at risk for higher levels of cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Too much cholesterol can clog your arteries and raise your risk for heart disease. Fortunately, eating the right foods can also help lower cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

Wondering what foods can help control cholesterol?

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and other plant-based foods. If that doesn’t look anything like what you’ve got in your pantry and refrigerator right now, don’t worry. You don’t need to make a trip to the grocery store, hire a professional chef or spend hours learning how to cook heart-healthy meals.

We’ve got you covered. Our Low-Sodium meals are all made with fresh ingredients to promote heart health. Our top-five favorites include:

  1. Basil Chicken with Rice & Zucchini Saute
  2. Eggplant Parmigiana and Polenta with Spinach & Roasted Peppers
  3. Salmon Caponata with Orzo & Spinach
  4. Spinach Mushroom Lasagna with Garlic Green Beans
  5. Vegetable Caponata with Orzo & Spinach

 Give one of these meals from the Low-Sodium menu a try