As we’ve been saying this week, it’s hard enough coping with PCOS without having to worry about what it is doing to our cardiovascular system. But one way to relieve that anxiety, however, is to eat a diet that’s rich in cholesterol-reducing foods for heart health.
Did you know walnuts, almonds and other nuts can reduce blood cholesterol? Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts also help keep blood vessels healthy.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, eating about a handful (1.5 ounces, or 42.5 grams) a day of most nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts, may reduce your risk of heart disease. Just make sure the nuts you eat aren’t salted or coated with sugar.
All nuts are high in calories, so a handful will do. To avoid eating too many nuts and gaining weight, replace foods high in saturated fat with nuts. For example, instead of using cheese, meat or croutons in your salad, add a handful of walnuts or almonds.