The levels of cholesterol in your body need to be lower than 200 mg/dL in order to have a healthy heart. But in today’s world, this is sometimes hard to do because many foods increase cholesterol levels.
If your loved one happens to have high cholesterol, they should eat foods that raise the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and lower the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol). Below you will find both the best and the worst foods for older adults with high cholesterol.
Foods rich in fiber can at the same time lower the bad cholesterol while improving heart health. Fiber gets attached to cholesterol in your blood and leads it through intestines to be digested. If seniors opt for a diet rich in fiber, they should eat more raspberries, oatmeal, apples, potatoes, oranges, broccoli, oats, sprouts, beans, and whole grains.
The meals prepared in fast food restaurants mostly contain unhealthy saturated fats, sugar, and tons of sodium. If you elderly loved one also consumes frozen meals, prepackaged snacks, processed candy, and pre-made condiments, you should warn them not to do so. All of these products are loaded with ingredients that can increase both your weight and cholesterol levels.
Soy and products made out of soy are rich in proteins. These proteins are a source of phytoestrogen and isoflavone, which prevent your body from absorbing or producing bad cholesterol. The soy protein can be found in tofu, soy milk, and edamame pods. The proteins from soy are also beneficial because they can replace proteins from animals which can create cholesterol.
Fatty Animal Products
Some animal products are rich in bad cholesterol. Those that have visible fat should be avoided. The pieces of rib-eye steak or pork chops that have big chunks of fat attached to them shouldn’t be consumed in large quantities. Also, when eating chicken, the skin should be peeled off.
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