Our Founder, Dee Momi, speaks to the Daily Express and explains how many cost-effective plant foods can help reduce cholesterol levels:
Eating foods rich in soluble fibre or polyunsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol.
Soluble fibre binds to cholesterol in the digestive system and eliminates them before they are circulated and oils rich in polyunsaturated fat contain Omega3 (e.g., flaxseed, rapeseed) which supports a healthy heart and is imperative to those on a plantbased diet.
Incorporate oats with a banana into your daily diet and other wholegrains (bulgur wheat, brown rice, wholewheat pasta) to up your soluble fibre – these are not only cost-effective options but will keep you fuller for longer over refined varieties.
Beans work in much the same way and are incredibly versatile – simply add lentils to soups, red kidney beans to a plantbased chilli, chick peas to a flavourful curry or enjoy tasty dips where cannellini beans form the base!
Pectin (a soluble fibre) slows down the digestion of sugar and starch, stabilising blood sugar in the process and is beneficial for lowering cholesterol – apples, grapes, blackberries and cranberries are a good source of pectin and cheaper when bought seasonally.
Buy lemons and limes in multipacks for cost effectiveness and use to finish stir fries, lentil dhals or sauteed greens off the heat.
Replacing meat and dairy products with soy-based alternatives can also help lower cholesterol – start with a little at a time for ease, for example - introducing soy milk to your daily tea or coffee and having a meat-free day at least once a week by cooking with tempeh or tofu for a nutritious plantbased dish.
Read the full published article here!