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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wednesday Weigh In - Cholesterol Lowering Foods

The Mayo Clinic lists the top five foods to lower cholesterol: Oatmeal, Fish, Nuts, Olive Oil and Plant Sterols.  So I scoured my cupboards to see how my inventory stacks up:

1.  Oatmeal, Oat Bran & High Fiber Foods:  Check.  Eat oatmeal daily and get plenty of high fiber foods like black beans, whole grains, raisins and craisins.  If I get tired of oatmeal, there are Cheerios and Oatmeal Squares in the cupboard. 

2.  Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids:  Check.  Three varieties of fish in the freezer.  Canola oil and tuna in the cupboard.  Salmon on the grocery list. 

3.  Walnuts, Almonds and Other Nuts:  Ooops, I'm all out.  Was enjoying walnuts in oatmeal and salads. Better put nuts on the grocery list too.  Should also get some unsweetened peanut butter.

4.  Olive Oil - Check.   Been making my own V&O dressing with it.  Also have Hellman's Mayonnaise made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

5.  Foods with Added Plant Sterols or Stanols:  I haven't tried the plant sterol-fortified margarine, orange juice or yogurt drinks.  Better put them on that grocery list too! 

Have a happy, healthy week!  :)


Rita E said...

Thanks for the great info! Have known about oatmeal and salmon for lowering cholesterol, but the other info and link is great!

Deanna said...

I enjoyed your profile at WWI. Thanks for the healthy eating information, too.

Stephanie said...

Love your member spotlight! Thanks for consistently sharing something each wednesday about the WWI. It gives us great support. Steph