Following the DASH diet can help lower your cholesterol. DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. It is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. It limits saturated fats and sweets.
Many studies have found that the DASH diet lowers total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is sometimes called the “bad” cholesterol. It is unclear yet if the DASH diet affects high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
Experts looked at 13 studies. These studies compared people on a DASH diet to people on a typical diet. The DASH diet reduced total cholesterol in 9 of the 13 studies. It lowered LDL cholesterol in 6 of the 13 studies.
For example, one of these studies put people in three groups. People were put on a normal diet, a diet with more fruits and vegetables, or the DASH diet. This study showed that total and LDL cholesterol went down the most for people on the DASH diet.
DASH for lower cholesterol!