Foods high in fiber

Jan 25 by

The link between fiber and cholesterol

The big connection between fiber and cholesterol is a well established fact in the field of cardiovascular health. That means it’s important to consider fiber as part of a cholesterol lowering regime.

Fiber rich diets

People who find out that they need to bring their cholesterol readings down will often be advised to add more fiber to their diet. Their entire diet plan then changes to a “fiber rich” one and even their choice of snack foods tends to have high fiber content. But besides a fiber rich diet, you also have to cut back on the saturated fat consumption.

However, cutting back on the fat without increasing the amount of soluble fiber in your diet will yield poorer results than the combination of high fiber and reduced fat. Foods that are high in fiber are essential for the proper maintenance for our health in general anyway, including such things as good digestive health, if you know what I mean!

Fiber “removes” cholesterol

Cholesterol actually “attaches” itself to fiber in the intestines, or appears to be “soaked up” by the fiber and thus it is more easily eliminated from the body. For the proper functioning of the body, the liver has to be stimulated to produce bile salts. For this purpose, cholesterol is used by the liver. Many studies have shown that fiber removes cholesterol from the body and helps to remove the bile salts as well.

So the link between fiber and cholesterol is a powerful tool to fight against high cholesterol. However soluble fiber is only found in the plant foods.

There is no fiber content in meat, fish or dairy products.

That means you have to increase your daily intake of fiber producing foods, which in themselves are generally good for you. As you’re probably beginning to realize, there’s a whole level of system interaction going on when you start to change your daily diet to accommodate a reduction of cholesterol levels.

Legumes, vegetables, fruits and nuts

Amongst the available sources of fiber good ones are legumes, vegetables, fruits and nuts. Nuts can actually become some of the best snacks that you can eat. They are high in fat, but this type of fat can help you maintain your health and will not raise your cholesterol – don’t use that as an excuse to wolf down huge quantities of nuts, though, because in excess they’re just as bad for you as any other food.

So, a diet rich in fiber diet can do a great deal for your cholesterol levels. It can help you remove bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol in order to maintain a fitter and healthier body.

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