The best way to lower high cholesterol is to significantly improve your diet. According to Stacey Pence, R.D. at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, exercise and diet are the two ways people without genetic predispositions can improve their cholesterol levels.
As far as what to eat for high cholesterol, Pence recommends a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and legumes. She also stresses steering clear of trans fats.
Although there is no magical cholesterol diet, studies have shown that certain foods may decrease heart disease risk by lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol. We’ve rounded up information from Pence, the latest studies, and the authors of The New American Diet, for the best and worst foods to eat for cholesterol