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AMM
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   Posted 2/1/2007 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
While it is often discussed about lowering your LDL cholesterol, it is hardly ever discussed about how to raise your HDL. My husband has very good LDL levels but his HDL levels are a little low.  Both of my levels need some work but are improving.  I know a few foods that raise HDL, but would love to know more.  So, what foods raise HDL levels? Just in case you don't know HDL is the good cholesterol and LDL is the bad cholesterol. (HDL= healthy, LDL= lousy) 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/2/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
HDL levels can be raised by cooking with peanut or olive oil, eating peanut butter, peanuts, avocados, and olives. I like to use olive oil drizzled over my sub sandwich instead of mayo. I also use olive oil and garlic powder with a little salt to make garlic toast. It has a true Mediterranean flavor. When I buy olive oil I buy it in the 3 quart bottle at Sams so I have lots on hand. When I cook or use it as a condiment I splash it on and I always buy a good quality oil that I like the taste of right out of the bottle. You should enjoy the flavor of your olive oil so much that you could eat it with just bread dipped in it.

I put peanut butter in my oatmeal. I use black olives in casseroles, tacos, salads and relish trays and always keep an extra can on hand. I use peanut oil for stir fry. I buy almonds, walnuts and pecans and use them as snacks, on salads and in cooked cereal. And then there is the delightful guacofruit that you use to make guacamole, AVOCADOS!!! YUM! I spread it on lettuce with salsa and make heavenly roll ups! Or just eat 1/2 an avocado right out of the skin. Love them!

There are lots of good fats in these foods so they must be used in moderation but if you use them in place of margerine, salad dressing, butter, chips made with trans fats or other less healthy snacks your numbers will improve. Mine are great!
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/6/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Just found a story in our local newspaper about this very thing. Read a great article at

Things everyone should know about cholesterol

Lots of good tips and ideas!
~ Jeannie
Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!
Yours may be one of them...

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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