Monday, March 22, 2010

Nuts and Butter Spreads Keep Cholesterol in Check

Love this quickie article from the Irish Independent on lowering your cholesterol. Nuts are a great way to stave off hunger, ad healthy fats to the diet and possible, lower your cholesterol. Soft margarine products (also known as "buttery spreads") can help too!

Health bits: Nuts can help crack cholesterol
High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease but regular consumption of nuts can help, according to a study, although the results are modest.

Walnuts and almonds seem beneficial. But nuts are high in calories, so limit yourself to a handful a day, experts say.

Also, recent years have seen the introduction of margarine-like spreads and other foods fortified with cholesterol-lowering plant compounds. Exercise and medications are also key to controlling cholesterol.

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