There is really a lot we could do diet-wise to lower our cholesterol numbers and decrease our chances of getting heart disease. What follows are some dietary options one might want to consider.
From this Medscape article Flaxseed Reduces Blood Lipids:
July 29, 2009 — Whole flaxseed and flaxseed lignans significantly reduce circulating total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, showing their greatest effect in postmenopausal women and individuals with high initial cholesterol concentrations, according to the results of a meta-analysis published in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
From this article from the University of Maryland Medical center Green Tea:
Research shows that green tea lowers total cholesterol and raises HDL ("good") cholesterol in both animals and people.
And from this Mayo Clinic article Cholesterol: The top 5 foods to lower your numbers the five foods are:
1. Oatmeal and oat bran
2. Walnuts, almonds
3. Fish and omega-3 fatty acids
4. Olive oil
5. Foods fortified with plant sterols or stanols