Skip the eggs and start the day with oatmeal,
one of the top cholesterol-lowering foods.
Substitute butter with canola oil, olive oil,
or plant sterol spreads like Promise
or Smart Balance.
Rather than beef or pork, add more poultry (with
the skin removed) and fish to the menu.
Skip the cheesecake and other high fat desserts,
and opt for angel food cake, fresh fruit, gelatin, or
is a term we hear quite often in reference to our health.
But what exactly is cholesterol?
refers to a waxy substance found in the bloodstream naturally
produced by the body and from the foods we consume. Cholesterol
is necessary because it serves several bodily functions, but
too much cholesterol can result in a build up of plaque which
can clog the arteries, resulting in risk of coronary heart
disease and stroke.
carries substances that are necessary for cell function and
development, but when there is an excess of LDL it can build
up in the walls of arteries slowing or even stopping the flow
who have high cholesterol levels are often unaware of the
condition since there are no symptoms.
builds up in the arteries over time and can take several years
before serious health conditions result. Plaque causes a narrowing
of the arteries, decreasing proper blood flow through the
system. If the flow of blood becomes blocked, a stroke
or heart attack can occur.
important to have your cholesterol levels checked periodically
so that you know whether you are at risk. Although certain
types of cholesterol lowering drugs like statins and other
medications may be prescribed, you can also lower your cholesterol
levels by simply watching your diet.
meats such as beef and pork are quiet high in cholesterol.
Egg yolks and dairy products should also be avoided.
If you already suffer from high cholesterol levels it is important
that you limit these and other foods high in cholesterol.
Low Cholesterol Foods - Good discussion on how to lower
cholesterol through diet with lists of foods and substitutes,
with more information on high cholesterol foods to avoid.
Tips to Lower Cholesterol Fast - WebMD guide with
facts & information on HDL, LDL and tryglyerides, overview
of statin drugs and other cholesterol-lowering medications,
plus tips & advice on low cholesterol foods and exercise
to reduce risk.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.