Several types of diseases that disrupt health can continue to develop due to the eating and drinking patterns we consume. Well, one of the diseases caused by unhealthy eating and drinking patterns is cholesterol.
Quoted from Medical News Today, cholesterol is a natural substance found in the body that functions as a cell and hormone builder. These substances are high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
If the cholesterol level in the body is too high, it will slowly cause a stroke or heart attack. The following are drinks that can be consumed to lower cholesterol levels.
Green tea/photo: pexels/NIKOLAY OSMACHKO
The antioxidant content in green tea can work to reduce high cholesterol levels. Scientists conducted research and obtained results that regularly consuming green tea for 56 days would reduce cholesterol and LDL levels by 14.4 percent and 30.4 percent.
Soy milk/photo: pexels/Polina Tankilevitch
Can be an option to replace cow’s milk which is high in fat, soy milk can also help control cholesterol levels in the body. Apart from being delicious, soy milk is rich in protein which can help prevent the risk of heart disease and control fat.
Berry Juice/photo: pexels/Suzy Hazelwood
This sour fruit which is rich in antioxidants and fiber is apparently able to control cholesterol levels in the body, you know, Beauties. Apart from that, berries also contain low calories and fat. You can enjoy berries mixed with other foods, for example yogurt.
Smoothie Susu Nabati
Vegetable-based milk can be an option for lowering cholesterol levels in the body. The ingredients that can be used as a vegetable milk smoothie are soy milk and oat milk. Apart from being low in fat, this vegetable milk can be mixed with various other ingredients. Such as fruit and low-fat cakes which can be enjoyed together.
Buah chocolat/photo: pexels/Ákos Helgert
The cocoa content is able to control cholesterol levels in the body.
A 2015 study found that consuming a 450 mg drink containing cocoa flavanols twice daily for 1 month lowered “bad” LDL cholesterol levels while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
Cocoa contains high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, which can also help improve cholesterol levels. However, drinks containing processed chocolate have high levels of saturated fat. Therefore, limit your consumption, OK!
Illustration of tomato juice/ Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/burakkarademir
Tomatoes have various benefits. Tomatoes which are rich in lycopene can reduce bad cholesterol levels in the body. A study in 2015 found that 25 women who consumed 280 ml of tomato juice for 2 months experienced more stable blood cholesterol levels.
The beta-glucan content in oats, if consumed and digested by bile, can inhibit cholesterol absorption and reduce cholesterol levels. A 2018 study found that oat milk can lower cholesterol levels, when compared to semi-solid or solid oat preparations. A 250 ml glass of oat milk can provide 1 gram of beta-glucan
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