Carson likes to keep in shape, but according to his doctor, exercise just isn’t enough when it comes to lowering his cholesterol.
All of our delicious Food Truck Fridays probably aren’t helping!
He’s working hard to get his numbers down and today, Producer Angie quizzed him to see if he knew what he should and shouldn’t eat.
So did Carson score a perfect 100 on our cholesterol quiz? Take a listen:
We were actually really surprised at what foods help and hurt your levels.
According to Men’s Health, here are the best and worst foods for your cholesterol:
But stick to the whole grain variety. Even though it’s full of carbs, the antioxidants in pasta help control inflammation and insulin, which can impact your harmful LDL cholesterol levels. Another bonus? Harvard University researchers found that people who eat whole grains daily weigh on average 2.5 pounds less than those who eat refined grains.
GOOD: SCRAMBLED EGGS
When you think of eggs, you probably think it’s full of cholesterol, but the Journal of Nutrition reports that eating eggs increases the good kind of cholesterol (HDL) and NOT the bad kind (LDL).
GOOD: HAMBURGER (FROM GRASS-FED BEEF)
You should avoid most red meats, but grass-fed beef is still a reasonable option. It has a balanced ratio of omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids. Plus, grass-fed beef has twice the vitamin E and about 15% as much fat as conventionally-farmed beef.
GOOD: EGG MCMUFFINS
We bet this one threw you for a loop! Egg McMuffins aren’t the best option, but they do have a pretty good balance of protein, carbs, and fats. Believe it or not, but it’s only about 450 calories too. And if you’re thinking about skipping breakfast, think again. Experts found that cholesterol levels are higher among those who didn’t eat in the morning.
Almonds are practically a super food. Besides helping to control your cholesterol levels, the nut can decrease your caloric intake from other unhealthy foods and improve your metabolism.
GOOD: CHIPOTLE’S CARNITAS BOWL
Now we can feel a little less guilty for indulging in some Chipotle burrito bowls from time to time. The key is in Chipotle’s naturally-farmed pork. It’s high in stearic acid, which is also found in heart-healthy olive oil. And if that wasn’t enough already, the carnitas bowl contains a solid amount of protein and fiber too.
GOOD: DARK CHOCOLATE
Chocolate that’s actually good for you? Sign us up! The dark variety has been proven to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol while simultaneously decreasing blood clots and increasing blow flow to the brain. Not too shabby.
GOOD: ANCHOVY PIZZA
Pizza? It wouldn’t be our first guess either. Apparently it has to do with the combination of fish and garlic. The anchovies are packed with zinc, copper, iron, iodine, and selenium. And when you combine it with garlic, those minerals work more effectively.
This was probably the biggest surprise in the whole bunch. Although tofu is widely touted as a healthy option, a study found that you’d need to eat 2 pounds of tofu every single day to make a difference in your LDL cholesterol. And even if you do that, you’ll probably only see a 3% decrease.
Wait a minute, we thought fish was supposed to be good for you? Well, apparently not all fish are created equal. It doesn’t have an equal balance of omega-3s and omega-6s and it’s often served breaded and fried, which is definitely not heart-healthy.
So here’s the deal. Regular apples are actually great for your overall health, but when you take away the skin and add sugar, it equals a recipe for disaster! Okay, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but you could get a blood sugar swing that can affect your cholesterol levels.
If you want to find out more foods you should avoid if you have high cholesterol, check out this tip sheet Carson got from his doctor. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.
[Source: Men’s Health]