Thursday, March 10, 2011

10 Foods That Are Good For the Heart-Part I

I have read an old article from the Philippine Star Lifestyle Section by Ms. Ching M. Alano dated February 10, 1998. It is about a heart-healthy diet and food that can help lower cholesterol. I’d like to share it here on my blog. Perhaps, this could help some people out there who want a few tips about eating foods that are good for the heart.

1. Oat Bran
Try eating a bowl of Oat Bran or Oat meal for breakfast. Studies show that people with cholesterol levels above 220 can lower their count by 8 to 23 percent with this one addition to their diet.

2. Beans
Eat a cup of cooked beans a day. Beans not only lower LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol but also increase HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) or good cholesterol when eaten regularly for more than a year. (However, people with high level of uric acid should go easy with beans)

3. Onions
For people with cholesterol problems, eat half of a raw onion a day to boost your HDL.

4. Garlic
Studies show that eating one clove of garlic a day effectively lowers total cholesterol levels.

5. Soy
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that a diet rich in soy protein found in tofu and soy milk reduces cholesterol.

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