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Having a balanced diet and cooking with the right ingredients are some of the best ways you can treat you and your heart right.

Whether you are out eating with friends or prepping dinner at home, there are plenty of ways to love yourself and your heart by lowering your LDL cholesterol intake (i.e. bad cholesterol). Take a few minutes to see how we “heart” low levels of LDL cholesterol in and out of the kitchen, and you can too!

For Starters…

When it comes to cooking a meal that will benefit your heart, one of the first big steps is your oil choice. Mazola® Corn Oil is a great option as a recent study shows Mazola Corn Oil lowers cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. Plus it has a neutral taste, so it will bring out the flavor of your favorite foods! Use Mazola® Corn Oil for quick and easy meals such as a three-bean salad tossed with oil and vinegar or sautéed salmon over a Caesar salad. Another benefit to using Mazola® Corn Oil in your recipes is that it has a high smoke point, making it a perfect option whether you are grilling, sautéing, stir frying or even baking.

If It’s Brown, Chow It Down!

This little saying will go a long way at the grocery store or when out to eat. When considering foods that can lower bad cholesterol, the types of grains you eat are important. Studies have linked the high consumption of carbohydrates to high triglycerides levels and lowered HDL, or “good,” cholesterol levels. When looking at bread or rice for example, opt for whole grain breads, cereals and pastas. Avoid refined, processed grains such as white breads, crackers, pastries, etc.

Fruits and Veggies

There’s no question that fruits and vegetables are good for you. Big benefit when you’re trying to lower cholesterol is… fruits and veggies contain no cholesterol! Zip, zilch! They’re also low in calories and come in so many delicious varieties – you’re bound to find some to add to your meal or take with as a snack.

On The Side Please

The biggest mistake many make when eating out is letting all those extras and sides pile onto your main meal. When asked about dressings, sauces and dips, opt for them to be put on the side so you can ladle on as you please or not at all. An even better tip? Look for meals on the menu that will have great herbs or spices on the protein or vegetable – that alone will heighten the flavor instead of a heavy sauce.

With these tips, you’ll be on the path for loving yourself and your heart!

This article is sponsored by Mazola®.

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