Which YELLOW-colored foods reduce cholesterol, and WHY?
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1) One lemon supplies over 30 grams of vitamin C, which is over 50% of the recommended daily intake for this needed micronutrient. Studies show that vitamin C helps decrease both LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which lowers the risk of heart disease in general.
2) Chickpeas make for an excellent source of plant-based protein, and they are supply a healthy portion of soluble fiber. That helps chickpeas to slow digestion, which works to regulate post-meal blood sugar. Studies suggests that eating at least one serving of legumes, like chickpeas each day may result in a significant reduction of LDL cholesterol.
3) Turmeric and its active compound, curcumin, can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol in those at risk of cardiovascular disease. Curcumin promotes heart health by improving the endothelial function, which aids the health of blood vessels.
4) Yellow onions are rich in vitamin C, potassium and vitamins B6 and B9. These B vitamins each work to reduce elevated levels of homocysteine, which can, in turn, prevent arteries from becoming clogged with cholesterol.
5) Beets are packed full of diabetes-fighting, cholesterol-lowering vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C, iron and potassium. Plus beets are an incredible source of nitrates, plant compounds that has been shown to improve cardiovascular health and reduce inflammation.