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Posted by: @@@ | 2005/06/29

High cholesterol

Hi

My mother went to her doctor, and he told her that her total cholesterol was 8,4. That is high, and we would like to know what a better, low fat diet would consist of please.

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Dear @@@
If your Mom suffers from high blood cholesterol levels she will need to lower her intakes of total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. To lower her cholesterol levels basically she 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 she 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 she doesn't need to lose any weight she can use larger portions of the permitted foods, but should otherwise stick to the portion sizes. She needs to check the foods she buys 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 she eats processed foods. She 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.
Best regards
DietDoc

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