Cholesterol Eating Tips

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Cholesterol Eating Tips

Heart and Circulatory
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A Heart-Smart Diet
Cholesterol Eating Tips
Cholesterol Eating Tips
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"How to" eating tips to keep your heart healthy.
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Cholesterol Eating Tips

Cholesterol is necessary to help you live. Most of it is produced in the liver. While you should limit the amount of cholesterol rich foods, it's dietary saturated fat that is a greater villain for heart disease. Here's how to limit dietary cholesterol:

Monitor Your Meats

To reduce both cholesterol and saturated fat in your diet, eat no more than three three-ounce servings of meat each week. And when you do, choose leaner cuts such as tenderloin, flank, top round, eye of round and top sirloin. Although chicken and turkey have less saturated fat than red meats, such as steak and hamburger, don't assume they are cholesterol-free. All meats have cholesterol. Actually, organ meats of any type from any animal should be avoided by those with high cholesterol. The highest concentrations of cholesterol are in liver, brains and gonads.

And Beware of Some Sea Life

Fish is generally a heart-healthier alternative to meats, because it tends to be lower in overall fat and higher in heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. But some shellfish, such as shrimp, though low in saturated fat, are high in cholesterol and should be eaten sparingly by those with high cholesterol.

Make That Omelet from Whites

Eggs are a nutritious food. If you eat a lot of eggs, take out some of the yolks — the part that has the cholesterol. Egg whites are cholesterol-free and still pack plenty of nutritional bite.

 

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Last updated May 30, 2011


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