Eating healthy foods might help you lower high cholesterol. Many people whose cholesterol is high because they eat too many fatty foods are able to lower their cholesterol with diet changes.
Try these healthy food choices to help lower your cholesterol:
Meats, poultry, fish, and protein from vegetables
Breads, grains, rice, pasta
Milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs
Fruits and vegetables
Limit avocados and olives. They contain healthy fats, but they are high in calories. And avoid serving fresh vegetables with butter or cheese.
Fats, sweets, oils
Avoid packaged desserts, especially those with palm or coconut oil.
Some margarine spreads can help to lower cholesterol levels . These margarines contain plant stanol or sterol esters from wood pulp or soybean oil.
These margarines can help lower cholesterol levels, particularly in people who have high cholesterol levels or who consume too much fat in their diets. They work by blocking the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines and may work best in combination with other therapies, including medicine, to lower cholesterol.
For more information about a diet that is designed to lower cholesterol, see the topic Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet for High Cholesterol.
Other Works Consulted
- Krummel DA (2008). Medical nutrition therapy for cardiovascular disease. In LK Mahan, S Escott-Stump, eds., Krause's Food and Nutrition Therapy, 12th ed., pp. 833–864. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2005). Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol With TLC (NIH Publication No. 06-5235). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/chol_tlc.pdf.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Carl Orringer, MD - Cardiology, Clinical Lipidology|
|Last Revised||November 28, 2011|
Last Revised: November 28, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
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