Learn the Basics of a Successful Low Cholesterol Diet

If you’ve just found out that you have high cholesterol and need to go on a low cholesterol diet, then here is an outline on what you should and should not eat in order to help you lower your cholesterol levels. 
 
Alternatively, you might have just decided that you should eat more healthily in order to prevent yourself from getting high cholesterol. Either way, this is a recommended healthy diet strategy to follow. 
 
Understanding What a Low Cholesterol Diet is 
 
Basically, in order to lower your cholesterol, you will have to follow a diet that is 
 
• low in saturated fat and 
• low in cholesterol 
 
This is absolutely essential in helping you to lower your cholesterol. You must understand that although cholesterol lowering medications can be prescribed by your doctor, you will still need to follow a controlled diet specifically to help reduce your high blood cholesterol levels. 
 
Cholesterol is found in eggs, dairy products, fish, meat and poultry. Be aware that many foods contain both high in saturated fat and cholesterol, such as diary products (especially egg yolks) and red meats. Therefore, it is important to limit the amount of such high-fat foods. It is also recommended to opt for the ‘low fat’ versions of any type of food, especially dairy products (low fat yogurts, cheeses, etc.) 
 
Basic Foods of a Low Cholesterol Diet 
 
Foods to eat: 
 
• lean meats 
• skinless poultry 
• fish 
• low fat dairy products 
• complex carbohydrates: pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, cereals, fruits, vegetables 
• low calorie fizzy drinks (limit to one a day) 
• drink plenty of water 
 
How to cook: 
 
• grill or roast meats 
• steam or boil vegetables 
• steam fish 
• microwave 
• use low fat oils 
 
Foods to avoid: 
 
• crisps, biscuits, chocolate, sweets 
• don’t add whole milk, butter, rich sauces or cream to pasta dishes or any other meal 
• try avoiding white bread 
• alcohol 
• fizzy drinks 
 
Tip: If you love pasta dishes with sauces, try low fat versions such as adding a tin of tomatoes with a dash of garlic and Worcester sauce as a tomato-based sauce, low-fat cream for a cream-based sauce or a cheese sauce packet-mix made with skimmed milk for a cheese-based sauce. Get used to experimenting with herbs and spices to add different and exotic flavors to your meals. 

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