In Response to Re: Lowering my LDL and my potassium level:
In Response to Lowering my LDL and my potassium level : I can see how this would be very difficult, as many foods that are high in potassium are often beneficial for lowering cholesterol, such as many fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. However, there are some foods that you can add to your daily diet that that are not only low in potassium, but also great for improving cholesterol. These foods include plant sterols and stanols, soluble fiber, and omega-3’s. Plant sterols and stanols have been proven to help reduce the cholesterol in your blood stream. Low potassium choices in this category include, Smart Balance® Omega Plus buttery spread, Take Control® spread, and Benecol® spread. It is recommended to consume 1.3 grams of plant sterol or 3.4 grams of plant stanol twice a day. Soluble fiber may help to lower your cholesterol by absorbing extra cholesterol in the bloodstream and taking it out of the body. Oats are an excellent source of soluble fiber, as well as low in potassium. The recommend amount of soluble fiber per day is 5 to 10 grams. Chia seed is another low potassium food that is high in soluble fiber as well as omega-3’s, which help to prevent blood platelets from clotting together and clogging your arteries. 1/2 ounce (approximately 1 tablespoon) of chia seeds is recommended per day. Tuna is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, but also a low source of potassium. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week for heart health. As far as recipe ideas, Mrs. Dash’s website has a great list of recipes for a low potassium diet. http://www.mrsdash.com/recipe-lists/Low-Potassium/265
You can try these recipes and when possible, substitute or use the above mention foods to not only keep your potassium in check, but also your cholesterol. I hope you find this information helpful!
Posted by Laura Kimm, RD, LD
Thank you very much! I am making notes and will try these suggestions! Hopefully my bloodwork will look better in 3 months!