Keeping your cholesterol down during the holidays Keeping your cholesterol down during the holidays

End-of-the-year and holiday celebrations come along with culinary temptations that are high in cholesterol, harmful to your health and can increase the risk of heart disease if consumed in excess. 

While nutrition experts recommend avoiding the consumption of fried foods in general, it is more difficult to do so during this season.

To counteract these foods, throughout December and January increase the amount you exercise and eat more foods that help to reduce the levels of cholesterol in the blood such as:

Oats: Because it is rich in fiber, this grain can reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. It can be eating together with fruits, milk or yogurt, or can be used to thicken or add flavor to soups or vegetable purees.

Nuts and seeds: These are excellent for reducing bad cholesterol and keeping the good cholesterol due to the monosaturated fats that they contain. They also have antioxidant properties that help prevent the arteries from clogging. They can be eaten alone or mixed into different foods.

Soy: The fat from soybeans is highly nutritional. It can be boiled or stewed, similar to other vegetables.

Avocado: Avocados are one of the most studied foods due to their capacity to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. They can be used in salads or added to a variety of foods.