Doing workout at gym or evolving in any physical activity which helps in burning calories is preferred healthy for heart. Physical exercises help you get in shape, remove extra calories and improve stamina and strength. Another benefit of doing workout is that it helps in increasing the good cholesterol level in the body.
But according to nutritionist Lovneet Batra, this is not the only way to raise good cholesterol levels. It is always good to spend some time exercising, but eating some types of foods can provide us additional benefits. Here is the list of 5 healthy foods that can help in raising good cholesterol levels according to Nutritionist Lovneet Batra, that she also mentioned in her latest reel that she had shared on Instagram.
Foods to Boost Good Cholesterol Levels
1. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are always mentioned by nutritionists in weight loss tips and while preparing the list of healthy foods. Now, according to them, these seeds also help in increasing good cholesterol levels. Chia seeds have Omega-3 fatty acids (plant-based) with a number of other healthy nutrients. Therefore, taking them in your diet can help lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels or bad cholesterol levels and also lower blood pressure.
Another food that has gained popularity late for its health benefits is barley. According to the nutritionist, eating grain will give you sufficient beta-glucan. It is an easily soluble fibre that helps in keeping a good HDL to LDL ratio in the body. Which is considered very good for healthy heart.
In the winter season, people prefer to eat Walnuts more as compared to the summer season. But here are more reasonsy to enjoy this nut. Like chia seeds they also contain Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fatty acid having heart -protective features. Consuming some walnuts can both lower bad cholesterol levels overall and also increases the good cholesterol or HDL (High-Density Lipoprotien).
4. Coconut oil
The nutritionist shared that coconut oil raises cholesterol levels, that includes good and bad both types of cholestrols. However, she also said that “medium-chain triglycerides make up only a very small amount of the fatty acids in it.”
In nutritional value, meat and soybean are equivalent, added by the nutritionist. Fibre and Protien rich Soybeans also contain unsaturated fat. They contain isoflavones that can be very effective in increasing good cholesterol levels and in reducing bad cholesterol levels in the body, in general, improving the lipid profile.