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Cholesterol heavy foods?

Discussion in 'Indian Diet & Nutrition' started by uma, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. uma

    uma Senior IL'ite

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    My husband's company sponsors a yearly free medical checkup. We went for that checkup last week and learned that my husband's cholesterol levels are higher than normal.

    I am trying to reduce high cholesterol food from his diet. Can you please help me understand what are the high cholesterol foods? I know of the following so far...

    1. Egg Yolk
    2. Coconut
    3. Oil
    4. Butter, Ghee, Whole Milk
    5. Lamb

    Please add to the list as you come across other cholesterol heavy foods....

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  2. Jaya

    Jaya New IL'ite

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    Hi Uma,

    High cholesterol foods are usually foods high in saturated fats. These foods should be limited in a healthy diet.

    Healthy eating can reduce cholesterol. Diet should be low in saturated fats in particular, and low in fat overall. Biscuits, cakes, pastries, red meat, hard cheese, butter and foods containing coconut or palm oil all tend to be high in saturated fats.It's also important to eat plenty of fibre, especially soluble fibre, which is thought to lower cholesterol. It's found in fruits and vegetables, beans and oats. Aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

    Foods that contain cholesterol
    The cholesterol in your diet comes mainly from the saturated fats found in animal products. All foods from animals contain some cholesterol. Foods from plants do not contain cholesterol. Other sources of dietary cholesterol are full fat dairy foods, eggs and some seafood.

    How to avoid saturated fats
    The best way to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol in your diet is to limit foods high in saturated fats. Try to avoid:
    • Fatty meats
    • Full fat dairy products
    • Processed meats like salami and sausages
    • Snack foods like chips
    • Most takeaway foods, especially deep fried foods
    • Cakes, biscuits and pastries.
    Diet tips to help reduce your cholesterol
    The most important thing you can do to reduce your cholesterol level is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You should try to:
    • Limit the amount of cholesterol-rich foods you eat.
    • Increase the amount and variety of fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrain foods you have each day.
    • Choose low or reduced fat milk, yoghurt and other dairy products or have 'added calcium' soy drinks.
    • Choose lean meat (meat trimmed of fat or labelled as 'heart smart').
    • Limit fatty meats, including sausages and salami, and choose leaner sandwich meats like turkey breast or cooked lean chicken.
    • Have fish (fresh or canned) at least twice a week.
    • Replace butter and dairy blends with polyunsaturated margarines.
    • Include foods in your diet that are rich in soluble fibre and healthy fats, such as nuts, legumes and seeds.
    • Limit cheese and icecream to twice a week.
    Don't cut out all dairy foods
    Some people believe that cutting out dairy foods altogether is the safest option, but this isn't true. Dairy foods are an important part of the daily diet and contribute many essential nutrients, especially calcium. You should switch to low fat types, which will reduce the risk from saturated fats.

    Foods that may lower cholesterol levels
    Some studies have suggested that eating oats and legumes may lower LDL cholesterol. Food components like saponins (found in chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts and other foods) and sulphur compounds (like allicin, found in garlic and onions) may also have a positive effect on cholesterol levels.

    Plant sterols can lower cholesterol levels
    Plant sterols are found naturally in plant foods including sunflower and canola seeds, vegetable oils and in smaller amounts in nuts, legumes, cereals, fruit and vegetables. Some margarine has concentrated plant sterols added to it. Plant sterol enriched margarines may help to lower LDL cholesterol.

    Last edited: Nov 8, 2005
  3. Jaya

    Jaya New IL'ite

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    Hi Uma,

    I forgot to mention in the earlier post.

    Be aware of hidden fats present in foods like peanuts, sesame seeds, walnuts or cashewnuts, cakes, sweet savories, cream biscuits, chocolates, popcorn made with butter or oil. Very often, we binge on these calorie-laden foods believing them to be not so fatty as they are not as visible like in fried foods.
  4. Ami

    Ami Silver IL'ite

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    Few tips to reduce cholesterol

    Taking methi seeds soaked in water in the empty stomach, including garlic, onion in yr food regularly, adding honey in the place of sugar, bengal gram, whole wheat, oats etc. will reduce to help cholesterol. Not only that, take celery & lettuce which is good for cholesterol too.

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