Posted by: Leon | 2005/01/07


Which foods should be avoided for high cholestrol?

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Dear Leon
To lower your cholesterol levels basically you will have to eat a diet that is low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and high in dietary fibre and protective nutrients - this entails eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, low-fat milk and dairy products, very lean meat, fish, only 4 eggs per week and only mono- or polyunsaturated margarine or oil (this is where you can use olive oil in normal quantities). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a low-fat, high-fibre diet - if he doesn't need to lose any weight he can use larger portions of the permitted foods, but should otherwise stick to the portion sizes. You need to check the foods you buy in the supermarket - compare the total fat content of say standard Vienna sausages and that of Low-fat or Lean Viennas - if the latter still contain more than 5g of fat per 100g, then it is better to avoid them. Rather use less processed food, e.g. cook chicken without skin and without added fat (grill or boil in a stew), to have greater control of the fat content than when you eat processed foods. You can also use omega-3 fatty acids (Salmon oil capsules - buy at chemist) to reduce blood cholesterol and try Flora pro-activ which contains plant sterols to lower blood cholesterol (most supermarkets sell this type of margarine). For additional articles, click on 'Diet' and 'You are what you eat' and read the 'Healthy Heart' section.
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Posted by: D R | 2005/01/07

Hi Leon

Avoid or have only minimal amounts of fatty meat, processed meat, sausages, organ meat, shellfish, pies and pastries, biltong, full cream milk, creams, cream cheese, ice cream, egg yolks, biscuits, saturated oils and fats, chips (fries), crisps, chocolates, cream soups and alcohol.

Eat most often fish, soya, skim or fat free milk, fresh frozen and tinned vegetables, fresh or dried fruit or tinned in natural juices, pasta, rice, potatoes (without lathering with butter), wholewhat brown or rye bread, high fibre breakfast cereals, oats, rye crackers, rice cakes, dried peas, beans and lentils.

Hope this gives some idea .....

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