Carrots and other foods high in calcium pectate not only fill you up, but also reduce the amount of bad ‘LDL’ cholesterol in the body.
Studies from the late 1980s showed that calcium pectate has great potential for lowering cholesterol. The bad stuff we all want to reduce, LDL, is particularly targeted. The idea is a simple one; calcium pectate binds itself to your bile acids which are made of cholesterol. The process ushers the cholesterol out of your blood, which reduces your overall levels.
So what foods are high in calcium pectate and can aid this process?
Carrots are a great example. Many studies have shown that eating two carrots a day can reduce your LDL levels by 10-20%. Carrots are also high in beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A has a number of benefits, including protection against colds and infections through boosting your immune system.
Broccoli is another great source of calcium pectate. It also contains high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium; all helpful to your continued health and well-being. The darker shades of broccoli contain more vitamin C than the lighter versions.
Apples also contain cholesterol-busting calcium pectate, and are also powerful anti-oxidants. You’ll also find high levels of calcium pectate in pumpkins.
So, eat two carrots a day if you’re trying to reduce your bad LDL cholesterol levels – a simple alteration to your diet that can have long-standing benefits.