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While many foods may raise levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol, countless healthy and tasty options also exist that can lower the amount of this problematic substance. Soluble fiber, for instance, binds to cholesterol in the digestive system, eliminating it before it can be absorbed. Polyunsaturated fats also lower LDL levels, while plant stanols and sterols prevent the body from absorbing unhealthy cholesterol. Foods that aid cholesterol don't have to be boring.

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1. Almonds

Almonds offer numerous health benefits. Primarily, their unsaturated fat content assists in raising healthy HDL cholesterol levels while also reducing unhealthy LDL. The fats in almonds also prevent LDL from clogging the arteries and reducing blood flow to the heart. Though good for you, almonds are high in calories and should be consumed in moderation.

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