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Vegetables might help lower your cholesterol levels.
Eating any old bowl of soup isn't guaranteed to lower your cholesterol levels, but eating certain kinds of soup just might help. The trick is to choose soups containing foods that will help lower cholesterol while also skipping those ingredients that raise cholesterol levels. A bowl of soup with good-for-you ingredients can also help increase your intake of essential nutrients, such as protein and fiber.
High Cholesterol Explained
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that your body needs to work normally. If you have more cholesterol than you need, however, it starts to collect in your arteries, and this buildup is called plaque. The danger of having too much plaque is that it clogs up your arteries, making it harder for your heart to pump blood to other parts of your body. High cholesterol raises your risk of developing heart disease, as well.
Veggie and Bean Soups
Vegetables and beans are nutritious foods that are low in fat and calories, but they also supply certain nutrients necessary for lowering cholesterol or maintaining a healthy cholesterol level. Beans in particular are a good source of soluble fiber, which attaches to cholesterol and carries it out of your body, according to Harvard Medical School. Add navy, pinto, black, kidney or lima beans to your soup to reap these benefits. Vegetables are another good source of fiber, and the MedlinePlus website notes that eating lots of veggies can help lower your cholesterol. Include eggplant, okra, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, potatoes, squash and peppers in your soup to add more fiber.
Soups With Grains and Fish
Whole grains, such as barley, contain soluble fiber, which helps remove cholesterol from your body. Adding these to your soup is a good step toward lowering your cholesterol level. Whole-wheat pasta, couscous and quinoa are a few additional grains that pair well with many soup recipes. Throw in cooked salmon, or other fatty fish, too, because it contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. According to Harvard Medical School, eating fatty fish two or three times per week can help lower your levels of low-density lipoprotein, the "bad" cholesterol. This occurs for two reasons. Eating more fish means that you'll probably eat less red meat and, therefore, less cholesterol-raising saturated fat. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce triglycerides in the bloodstream and help reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol in your body.
Ingredients to Avoid
Leaving certain ingredients out of your soup might also help you lower your cholesterol. A 2011 article published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" reports that a diet low in saturated fat can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels. Skip fatty red meat, such as ground beef because the saturated fat it contains can raise cholesterol levels. Opt for lean cuts of meat, such as white-meat chicken, if you don't want to eat a vegetarian soup. Don't make creamy soups because they usually call for heavy cream or butter, which are high in saturated fat, as well. Stick to a small sprinkle of low-fat cheese as another way to lower the saturated fat intake of your soup.