How to manage a low cholesterol diet

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How to manage a low cholesterol diet

One third of Americans have high cholesterol, but what does this mean and how does it happen? High Cholesterol refers to high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which can cause atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke. Cholesterol in the diet comes from animal fats, so opting for good fats and making a healthy switch is a great way to reduce dietary cholesterol intake.

Saturated and trans fats are the most likely components of foods that raise cholesterol. These fats are found in animal products and commercially prepared and processed foods. This includes butter, dairy, beef, lamb, pork, and chicken with skin. Unsaturated fats such as olive oil, canola, oil, and omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and some seeds can be good for your heart.

The best way to cut out bad fat and cholesterol is to make healthy swaps in your daily diet. Swapping out healthy oils for butter and other processed foods can do this. This does not mean you have to avoid animal products completely, but choose leaner cuts of meat and lower fat versions of dairy products. Some examples include boiling or baking instead of frying, and eating fish and nuts rather than processed meets and foods. Eating foods with soluble fiber such as oatmeal can also help lower the amount of LDL in your bloodstream.

However, the cholesterol-lowering effects of a diet can vary greatly from person to person, from weight to genetic factors, family history, and previous eating habits.

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