While cholesterol is necessary for your body; excessive amount can be very harmful. It is one of the main causes for heart problems. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to reduce cholesterol level in the body.

One can effectively reduce cholesterol by adopting a healthy eating lifestyle. Healthy eating means balanced eating; it involves choosing food from different food groups such as lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, pasta, rice, noodles, lot of vegetables and salads. A vegetarian person can take meat alternatives like beans, nuts, legumes or lentils. One should plan his/her meal sensibly to reduce cholesterol. It is better to use oils such as sunflower, canola, soybean, olive, peanut rather than coconut oil and palm oil for cooking or frying.

Similarly, consume skimmed or low fat dairy products, milk, yogurt and cheese and not full fat dairy products. If you like meat, you can eat lean meat but try not to eat sausages, kidney or liver as they contain high level of cholesterol. If you are fond of pastas and pizzas, you can enjoy them too but, use low fat products. This way, you can reduce cholesterol and at the same time relish healthy heart recipes.

These days, you can find a number of companies that sell low cholesterol products in the form of spreads and oils that are good for your heart. Such products contain plant sterols, an ingredient that helps to reduce cholesterol effectively. This is possible because when we consume plant sterols, they fight with the cholesterol in our body, which reduces the cholesterol from the bloodstream and the unabsorbed cholesterol is thrown out of the body.

Plant sterols also lower cholesterol absorption from food and prevent the re-absorption of cholesterol within the body. Plant sterols are found in foods rich in vegetable oils such as margarines, salad dressings, nuts and seeds. They are also found in legumes, breads, cereals, fruit and vegetables. Plant sterols have no smell or taste and can be safely consumed as they have no negative health effects.

You can use products enriched with plant sterols to prepare some healthy heart recipes such as creamy mushroom fettuccine, creamy chicken pasta, tuna and carrot pasta bake, lentil and tomato soup with spices, baked salmon with rice, roasted vegetable lasagna, muffins, date cake and many more delicious foods, without worrying about high cholesterol intake. These mouth watering dishes allow you to enjoy a healthy eating lifestyle.

Apart from using spreads and oils that help to reduce cholesterol, try to follow a active and healthy lifestyle. You must do exercise on a regular basis. It lowers cholesterol, keeps blood pressure in control, helps to reduce weight and makes one feel energetic.

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