6 – Brown rice for cholesterol
The oil in brown rice reduces LDL cholesterol levels. When the bran layer is removed to make white rice, the oil in the bran is also removed. Researchers examined the effects of adding rice bran oil to the diet and found that the addition of rice bran oil lowered LDL cholesterol by seven percent. Rice bran oil has gamma-oryzanol, a compound which also lowers LDL cholesterol.