Fresh Produce Helps Lower Cholesterol
Most people don’t think much about their cholesterol
levels—until their doctors ask them to. In your
thirties or early forties, your doctor may suggest you
get a baseline cholesterol check. If it turns up high,
there are ways you can improve your cholesterol levels,
including getting more exercise and eating more fresh
fruits and vegetables. In a study conducted by the National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Family Heart Study,
it was found that people who consumed more than four
servings a day of fruits and vegetables had significantly
lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol than people who
consumed less than four servings a day.
- Try to eat four-nine servings of produce
- Eat a wide variety
of colors. According to the Five-A-Day Colorways
program, you can maximize the benefits
of eating produce by choosing as many different
colored items as
possible—different colors signify different
nutrients and vitamins.
- Avocados can help lower
LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol.
A diet rich in Fresh1 produce will keep your heart and
your whole body healthy. Try to eat at least five servings
of fruit or vegetables every day.