Low Cholesterol Diet: A Comprehensive Guide to Heart-Healthy Eating


The goal of the low-cholesterol diet is to reduce fat and cholesterol levels in the blood.

By following a low-cholesterol diet you can improve the number of fats floating through your bloodstream.

The first step to follow is to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.

Limit your consumption of saturated and trans fats, found in animal products and processed foods.

Include heart-healthy fats in your diet, such as those found in fish, nuts, and olive oil.

Eating 2 grams of plant sterols or stanols a day can lower LDL cholesterol by about 10%.

LDL can be reduced by 5% to 6% by consuming 25 grams of soy protein in a day.

Consume healthy protein sources, such as chicken, fish, and legumes. Avoid processed foods and added sugars.

Consume adequate amounts of fiber. Include foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fatty fish, flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts.

Reduce your alcohol consumption, and make exercise a regular part of your daily routine. [Source: Harvard Health Publishing]

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