Low Cholesterol Diet

A diet to lower cholesterol should focus on increasing plant-based products -- such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes -- while cutting back on animal-based products and certain fats, such as saturated fats and trans fats. A person on a low cholesterol diet should be eating at least three to five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Is There a Diet to Lower Cholesterol?

Health experts recommend a low cholesterol diet in order to lower or maintain cholesterol levels. Such a diet emphasizes an eating plan low in saturated fat and cholesterol. In most cases, this diet should meet the following criteria:
 
  • Saturated fat intake -- Less than 7 percent of daily calories
  • Total fat intake -- Approximately 25 to 35 percent of the day's total calories
  • Salt intake -- Less than 2,400 mg per day
  • Dietary cholesterol -- Less than 200 mg per day.
     
A diet to lower cholesterol also promotes:
 
  • Eating only enough calories to maintain a healthy weight
  • Increasing the amount of soluble fiber in your diet from sources such as oatmeal, kidney beans, and apples
  • Adding cholesterol-lowering foods to your diet, such as margarines containing plant stanols or plant sterols.
     

Nutrition Strategies for a Low Cholesterol Diet Plan

When considering a low cholesterol diet plan, there are two important factors to keep in mind:
 
  • Cholesterol is only found in animal-based foods, such as meats and dairy products
  • Certain fats have also been shown to increase cholesterol, regardless of whether they came from an animal.
     
Given these factors, you can lower cholesterol in your diet by:
 
  • Eating more foods with no cholesterol (plant-based products)
  • Cutting back on foods from animals
  • Decreasing saturated fat and trans fat.
     
10 Foods That Lower Cholesterol

Cholesterol Diet

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