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Easy Ways to Lower Cholesterol and Reduce Blood Pressure (Page 4)

3. Eat at Least 25 Grams of Fiber Daily

3. Eat at Least 25 Grams of Fiber Daily

Studies link a high-fiber diet with a lower risk of heart disease—one reason Bonci suggests reaching for fiber-rich foods all day. Soluble fiber in oats, beans and citrus fruits, like oranges, helps reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Opting for whole grains, such as brown rice and whole wheat pasta, boosts your intake of total fiber (by way of insoluble fiber, which is also good for digestion) and can decrease levels of triglycerides, another “unhealthy” fat in the blood, as a diet rich in refined carbohydrates may stoke the body’s production of triglycerides.

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