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.
Avoid serving fresh vegetables with butter or cheese.
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
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.
June 18, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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