The Best Carbs to Lower Cholesterol

1. Oats

Oats are a classic choice, and there are so many ways to play it up in order for you to enjoy it. You can turn them into overnight oats, oatmeal, or as Shapiro suggests,

bake them into healthy oatmeal raisin cookies, or even blend oats into your smoothies. With all the benefits of oats, it's also no surprise they can help lower cholesterol.

2. Figs

Figs are not only really good for improving your bone health, but both fresh and dried figs are also packed with vitamins and minerals and contain fiber.

"Three to five dried figs (40 grams) provide 100 calories and 4 grams of fiber, including soluble fiber along with calcium, potassium, and magnesium," says Amidor.

3. Beans

"The magical fruit," as some may call them, beans are known to provide many benefits to the human body, such as improving cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease.

The Journal of Nutrition states that eating one cup of canned beans every day for four weeks may decrease total and LDL cholesterol in adults with elevated LDL cholesterol.

4. Apples

You've heard the phrase, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," and that's because this fruit has so much to offer. Apples are rich in antioxidants and fiber,

and provide great benefits such as improving gut bacteria and dental health, and even giving you better breath!

"The pectin found in apple skins helps to reduce cholesterol levels and to promote heart health," says Shapiro.


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