An easy first step to improve your cholesterol is eating a bowl of oatmeal or cold oat based cereal like Cheerios for breakfast. It gives you about two grams of soluble fiber. Add a banana or even strawberries for another half gram. Current nutrition studies recommend getting 15 to 30 grams of fiber per day, with at least 10 to 15 grams coming from soluble fiber.
Barley and other whole grains
Like oat bran and oats, barley and other whole grains can help lower the risk of heart disease, mainly due to the soluble fiber they deliver.
Beans are extremely rich in soluble fiber. They also take awhile for your body to digest, causing you feel full for longer after a meal. That is one reason beans are a useful food for people trying to lose weight. With so many choices from kidney and navy beans to black eyed, garbanzos, lentils peas and so many ways to prepare them, beans are a very diverse food.
Okra and eggplant
Both of these low calorie veggies are good sources of soluble fiber.