Low Cholesterol Foods

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Low Cholesterol Foods

Your cholesterol is too high and you need to lower it. What foods do you need to eat that will help you lower your cholesterol?

Meats, Poultry and Fish

All meats contain cholesterol. In general, your low cholesterol meats should be chicken or turkey with the skin removed. The white meat contain's less saturated fats than the dark meat. Avoid frying, if possible.

Oily fish like salmon, tuna, trout, sardines and mackerel contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good fats unlike the saturated fats you find in most meats. Since Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to lower triglycerides they are recommended for your diet. Research indicates that Omega-3 fatty acids may retard the growth of plaques in the arteries.

Dairy Products

Dairy products also contain cholesterol, so you need to be careful with these also. However, they are also an important source of nutrients, so here is the plan.
  • Make sure you buy either No Fat or 1% milk.
  • Egg yolks contain cholesterol, egg whites don't. Substitute egg whites when called for in recipes (2 egg whites per egg).
  • For cheeses, be sure to choose fat free or low fat.
  • Yogurts should also be either no fat or low fat.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables have no cholesterol and are low in fats, so they should be high on your list of low cholesterol foods to eat. They should be a part of every meal as well as making good snacks.

Breads, Pasta, Grains

Here is another good choice for you. Breads, pastas and grains are all low cholesterol foods, except some bread products made with eggs, butter and regular milk. Foods from this grouping to avoid would include certain sweetbreads, croissants, muffins, biscuits and doughnuts.

Butter, Margarine and Oils

Some vegetable oils are high in unsaturated fats like canola, corn, olive, peanut, safflower, sesame, soybean, and sunflower oils. These should be your first choices.

For your butter/margarines, you should choose margarine, either soft tub or liquid will do, or a vegetable oil spread.

If you must use salad dressings, be sure to make it either non fat or low fat.

Lower-Your-Cholesterol.net is not dispensing medical advice. Questions about your own cholesterol levels should be addressed to your physician.

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