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Rockntractor
04-10-2012, 12:04 AM
Published April 09, 2012

FoxNews.com
High cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. While there is no so-called ‘magic bullet’ that makes cholesterol disappear, certain foods in combination with prescribed medications can help lower cholesterol and protect your heart. Dietician Patricia Bannan, author of “Eat Right When Time is Tight,” offered her recommendations – some of which may surprise you.

One of the best foods you can eat to help manage cholesterol is strawberries, according to Bannan. Strawberries contain many heart-healthy substances, including phytochemicals, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, fiber and phytosterols, and may actually inhibit cholesterol absorption.

The science seems to back it up: University of Oklahoma researchers found supplementing diets with freeze-dried strawberry powder was linked to an 11 percent drop in bad (LDL) cholesterol in obese participants within two months.

Lean beef is another food that is great for cholesterol. While too much meat may take a negative toll on the body, one study found that eating 4.5 to 5 ounces of lean beef every day could actually reduce LDL cholesterol.

This includes popular cuts like top sirloin steak, tenderloin, T-bone steak and 95 percent lean ground beef. A 3-ounce serving of beef has 150 calories and 10 essential nutrients, such as protein, zinc and iron.

“A recent study that was in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating lean beef everyday as part of a heart healthy diet and helps reduce bad cholesterol levels by as much as 10 percent—which is equivalent to other recommended heart healthy diets,” Bannan said.

Other cholesterol-reducers Bannan recommended included green tea, flaxseed and dark chocolate. It is also important to make other lifestyle changes like exercising more, stressing less and getting enough sleep, she said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/09/foods-to-lower-your-cholesterol/#ixzz1rbh31rMT

noonwitch
04-10-2012, 04:23 PM
I was told once that onions help the body break down fat. That's what the new-age bookstore owner who hypes macrobiotics told me.

He one time told me that I was incredibly psychic, and that for $100 he could give me a reading about it. I told him if I'm psychic, why do I need to pay you $100 for something I already know?

SaintLouieWoman
04-10-2012, 09:17 PM
I was told once that onions help the body break down fat. That's what the new-age bookstore owner who hypes macrobiotics told me.

He one time told me that I was incredibly psychic, and that for $100 he could give me a reading about it. I told him if I'm psychic, why do I need to pay you $100 for something I already know?

I admire your attitude with that "psychic" pusher, good one. I once went to an animal psychic seminar. It was so funny and ridiculous. My dog sitter pushed me into going with her. She was so good and the dogs loved her so much that I agreed. I'm glad you saved that $100. That's about how much I blew on the 2 day seminar. Maybe it was worth it for the comic value. :biggrin-new:

noonwitch
04-12-2012, 01:56 PM
I admire your attitude with that "psychic" pusher, good one. I once went to an animal psychic seminar. It was so funny and ridiculous. My dog sitter pushed me into going with her. She was so good and the dogs loved her so much that I agreed. I'm glad you saved that $100. That's about how much I blew on the 2 day seminar. Maybe it was worth it for the comic value. :biggrin-new:


He laughed when I said it.

I feel somewhat badly for the guy. Someone keeps setting his bookstore on fire. I'm not even sure if it is currently open.

My crazy friend that moved to Chicago hates the guy, and says that he probably keeps burning it down himself for the insurance money. But she thinks everyone is evil, except her mother.