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5 Favorite Low-Cholesterol Foods

According to the CDC, approximately one in every six adults-17% of the U.S. adult population-has high blood cholesterol, and one of the ways to lower your bad cholesterol is by eating a healthy diet. Here are some of my personal favorite low-cholesterol foods that are easy to make as well.

1. Egg-whites - This is quick and easy to make, especially if you buy them already separated in a carton, and they are also a good source of protein. There are many different ways to cook eggs so you won't get bored quickly with them as your main entree.

2. Imitation Crab Meat - Okay, the name does not sound appetizing, but this food gives you the protein and fish-oil benefits without the high levels of cholesterol found in other seafood. It's already cooked so it's easy to grab on the go as a snack or an entree. Dip it in some cocktail sauce or mix it in with your scrambled egg-whites and enjoy the sweetness it adds to the eggs!

3. Homemade Sweet Potato Fries - I love the taste of French fries, but when you have high cholesterol, they are one of the worst foods for you. So if you have a craving for fries, try this instead: Peel one sweet potato, and cut it up in long slices with the same thickness throughout, about ¼ inch. (They shrink a little when you bake them so don't cut them too thin, or they will just burn). Spray your aluminum covered pan with cooking spray and spread out the fries so they are not touching each other. Before you place them in the oven, season them with salt and pepper as desired, or cumin if you like a little kick. Bake them in the oven at 400 degrees, for 20 minutes, flipping the fries over once half-way through.

4. Oatmeal - Even instant oatmeal is included in this favorite group! (Just watch out for too much added sugar.) Oatmeal is a great source of fiber and protein, and it's tasty! It is a quick and easy breakfast meal that won't leave you with a sugar crash afterwards. Mix it up by adding some cut up pieces of fresh fruit.

Pomegranate - Most fruits and vegetables make for a good low cholesterol snack, but if you have a sweet-tooth, pomegranate is a great fruit to try, and I'm not talking about the juice. When picking out the best pomegranate at the grocery store, look for the darkest red one, but with minimal bruising. The darker the fruit, the more flavorful your seeds will be. If you have never had pomegranate in a fruit form, when you open it up you will see many seeds that are actually surrounded by a thin layer of skin that's filled with juices from the fruit, called arils. Lightly pick them out and store them in a plastic container. And it's ready to eat with a spoon!

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