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Low Cholesterol Diet

A low cholesterol diet could save your life because having a high cholesterol level leads to extremely serious heart conditions. High cholesterol is therefore a very serious problem for a lot of people. If you are suffering from high cholesterol you should consider a low cholesterol diet.

Of course, the first thing you should consider is talk to your doctor. Depending on your age, family history, and how high your cholesterol really is, you may need to be on medication and take more serious steps toward reducing your cholesterol. When your doctor determines that you should be on medication, he or she will probably also recommend both frequent exercise and a low cholesterol diet.

For a long time it was thought that high cholesterol was caused primarily by eating too many fatty and high cholesterol foods - for more information see http://www.diet.ie We now know that this is not really true. Cholesterol has more to do with genetics and your level of activity (or inactivity) than your diet. However, diet still is an important aspect of your cholesterol, and a low cholesterol diet is an effective compliment to exercise and today�s medications.

A low cholesterol diet should be focused on several things. The most obvious being avoiding too much cholesterol in what you eat. This is a bit more complicated than it sounds, however, because you want to avoid �bad� cholesterol or LDLs (which stands for low density lipoproteins). HDLs (high density lipoproteins) are a �good� form of cholesterol that you actually want to eat plenty of.

Most foods that are high in saturated fat are also high in LDLs. Fatty meats, butter, lard, heavy pastries, greasy sauces, these kinds of things all are high in LDLs and should be avoided or eaten in small quantities if you are on a cholesterol diet.

Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber are associated with a reduced risk of certain cancers, diabetes, digestive disorders, and heart disease. Diets that low in fat and rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may help to reduce the risk of some types of cancer. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetables, and grain products that contain fiber, particularly soluble fiber, may reduce the risk of heart disease

Ask your doctor or a nutritionist about foods high in HDLs, as there are lots of them. Some nuts, avocado, and dark chocolate are some examples. Even more important than eating lots of HDLs is getting plenty of fiber in your food if you are on a low cholesterol diet. Fiber is a proven way to lower cholesterol, so you should round out any low cholesterol diet you try with plenty of roughage ie

Submitted by:

Julie Hart

Julie Hart is a freelance writer and a regular contributer to Diet and Weight Loss at http://www.diet.ie. Her most recent article is on Low Cholesterol Diet.


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