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Low Cholesterol Diet

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance that is essential for the normal functioning of the body. Cholesterol is present in cell walls or membranes and they are also present in body parts like the brain, nerves, muscles, skin, liver, intestines, and heart. The body uses only a small amount of cholesterol in the blood to produce hormones, vitamin D, and bile which helps to digest fat. Cholesterol is mainly found in animal products or foods which contain animal products. A diet low in cholesterol helps promote healthy heart and overall well-being. We all like to eat a certain kinds of food not taking into consideration the effect it has on our cholesterol level and in turn on our heart. By adding a few things and eliminating others from your diet can play a huge role in lowering your cholesterol level.

  • Limit unhealthy fats: Limiting the amount of saturated and Trans fats you eat is an important step to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of coronary artery disease. An increased level of blood cholesterol can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries elevates your risk of heart attack and stroke. Unhealthy fats include saturated fat from meat and dairy and Trans fat from margarines, shortening, breads, cakes and French fries.
  • Including Healthy Fats: Differentiating between healthy fats and unhealthy fats and avoiding the unhealthy ones from is an integral part of a heart healthy diet. Healthy fats include fatty acids from olive oil, avocado, nuts and vegetable oil and omega-3 fatty acids. Increasing intake of omega-3 fatty acids helps in reducing cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
  • Include fiber: Soluble fibers are found in foods, such as fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes which help in reducing cholesterol levels and heart disease. Soluble fibers also reduce blood pressure and inflammation within blood vessels.
  • Limit Cholesterol: Limit foods like meats, eggs, dairy and other animal-based products that contain high amounts of cholesterol in them.