High cholesterol does not just affect old ages, but it has been including younger adults (or even children), perhaps unfortunately due to genetics, but most often due to excessive fats and calories in diet or the lack of exercise. My mom falls into the latter group. While some members of my family is ‘blessed’ with low cholesterol despite eating out a lot, my mom, who also eats light like me, is ‘domed’ to high level no matter what. She does not want to rely on medication all the time, so the most effective way to control, if not reduce, the number is through what she eats.
Oatmeal has been lauded to reduce LDL, the ‘bad’ cholesterol because the oat fibers bind to the cholesterol molecules and carry it out of the body through excretion (you know, the dirty job, hehe). Be aware though. Although oatmeal is healthy, what you put in it to make it flavorful could negate its health factor, such as added butter, whole milk, granola, or excessive nuts and dried fruits. Just everything in moderation. That is the key to good living.
Here, I created for my mom my ‘soaked’ oatmeal. I find that you do not always need to cook the grain. If you soak it overnight, it is soft and digestible enough to consume. I used part reduced fat milk and water, a bit of maple syrup for a tad of sweetness, some chopped walnuts for protein and blueberries for color and vitamins. Paired with a cup of tea with lemon and a slice of toast, you just got yourself a complete breakfast.
Now just waiting for my mom to wake up.