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A High-Fiber Diet Helps to Lower ‘Bad’ Cholesterol Levels

Fiber is great for a lot of things — heart health, digestion, and weight loss. And, when you want to lower cholesterol, fiber should be your new best friend. It actually lowers levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol.

The next time you go shopping, stock up on healthy fiber options in every aisle.

Produce

Fill up with fruits. A medium-size apple, banana, or orange, and 1 cup of strawberries all have around 3 to 4 grams of fiber. (Eat the apple peels — that’s where the most fiber is!). Raspberries win the fiber race at 8 grams per 1 cup.
Try something new. Many exotic fruits have terrific amounts of fiber: A mango has 5 grams, a persimmon has 6, and 1 cup of guava has about 9.

Vegetables

Add color. In general, the darker the color of the vegetable, the higher the fiber content. Carrots, beets, and broccoli are fiber-rich. Collard greens and Swiss chard have 4 grams of fiber per cup. Spinach also packs a punch at 7 grams of fiber per half cup. Artichokes are among the highest-fiber veggies, at 10 grams for a medium-sized one.
Dig a potato. Russet, red, and sweet potatoes all have at least 3 grams of fiber for a medium-sized spud, if you eat the skin and all.

Dry and Canned Goods

Stock up on beans. Navy and white beans are the most fiber-rich, but all beans are fiber-packed. Any of these is a good choice for your shopping cart: garbanzo, kidney, Lima, or pinto beans. They make great soups and chilis, and are a flavorful addition to salads. Beans are also high in protein, so if you’re cutting back on red meat, they’re a healthy, filling substitute.
Let in more legumes. Don’t stop with beans — other legumes are also high in fiber, including: peas, soybeans (edamame), and lentils.

Bread and Grains

Look for 5. Most cereals have at least some fiber content, but they’re not all created equal. Any cereal with 5 or more grams of fiber per serving is a good source…

Read more: WebMD

 

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