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Foods That Lower Cholesterol, Fish
When you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, your first thought is often "what can I eat?" Thankfully, there are many foods that will help to lower your bad (or LDL) cholesterol and that will even raise our good (or HDL) cholesterol.
Fish is one of the foods that will help to lower your cholesterol. Having two servings of fish a week contributes to a healthy diet and will help to keep your cholesterol at healthy levels.
Some fish are better than others. "Fatty" fish is the best for lowering your cholesterol. That includes freshwater fish such as salmon, lake trout, and herring. These three fish are highest in omega-3 fatty acids. While all of these fish can be farmed, those found in the wild are considered to be healthier and to possess better health benefits.
There are many varieties of salmon and some are fattier than others. The best salmon for helping to lower your cholesterol are considered to be Chinook and Sockeye. The Pink and Chum salmon are less desirable. Salmon comes in a variety of colours, from pink to red to orange; the colour depends on the species.
Salmon is very high in many necessary elements; it has high levels of vitamin B12, vitamin B6 , vitamin D, selenium, protein and tryptophan. The benefits of getting these from the salmon far outweigh the benefits of just taking a fish oil capsule. Canned salmon is also a very good source of calcium since the bones are included.
Salmon is one of the most versatile fish out there. It can be cooked in a wide variety of ways; it can be broiled, smoked, baked, grilled, fried and steamed. It can also be eaten raw. If you are interested in lowering your cholesterol you should avoid frying the salmon.
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The lake trout is a freshwater char. It is native to North America and is found in cold water and deep lakes. There are several names for the lake trout including mackinaw, lake char and touladi. Lake trout range in colour from orange to off-white.
The largest lake trout ever caught weighed in at 102lbs. It is also a member of the salmon family. Lake trout eat a variety of small animals including whitefish, minnows, crustaceans, insects, shrimp and other small fish.
Like salmon, lake trout is a good source of vitamin B and protein. And also like salmon and most other fish, it can be prepared in a variety of ways. All of the ways of cooking it, except for frying, are helpful in helping you to lower your cholesterol.
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There are two types of herring; Pacific and Atlantic. Species of the Pacific herring include the Blueback, Alewife, Tarpon and Wolf; there are fifteen in all. The Atlantic herring is the smallest of the herrings and feeds on plankton.
Herring is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B, vitamin A and vitamin D. The vitamin counts in the fresh herring were almost three times that of canned herring.
Herring can also be cooked in a variety of ways; smoked herring is probably the best known but like the others it can be baked, poached, steamed, grilled and fried. Like other fish, it can also be eaten raw. As with everything else, all of these methods other than frying it in oil will help to lower your cholesterol.
As with anything you eat, fish should be eaten in moderation. As I mentioned above, you shoudn't have it more than twice a week. High mercury levels have been found in some fish but according to all the experts, the risk is far outweighed by the benefits your body receives from eating fish.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed physician's and that nothing is necessarily guaranteed to lower cholesterol. Consult your doctor if you think you might have high cholesterol