3 Easy Diet Changes to Improve Cholesterol

You want to enjoy a long, healthy life, and you know that eating right can help you achieve that goal. One key aspect of health: Monitoring your cholesterol. And that’s where eating right can help. The American Heart Association (AHA) emphasizes that by making lifestyle changes, you can take strides toward having healthy cholesterol levels.

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Be sure to talk with your  healthcare provider  about your own condition and discuss dietary changes first. With that in mind,  here are some  positive shifts  you can  make to your diet  to improve your cholesterol levels based on the AHA’s guidelines:

1. Limit total fat intake to  less than 25 to 35 percent of your total calories each day. For  breakfast, consider a bowl of low-fat, heart-healthy oatmeal. This cereal contains soluble  fiber, which can help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL),  or “bad,” cholesterol. Try Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats.

2. Limit saturated fat intake  to less than 7 percent of total daily calories. This guideline can be  particularly tricky when it comes to condiments such as salad dressing and  mayonnaise. However, Walden Farms makes fat-free salad dressings, such as  Walden Farms Calorie Free Blue Cheese and fat-free mayonnaise, such as Walden Farms Honey Mustard Mayonnaise.

3. Limit  trans  fat  intake  to less than 1 percent of total daily calories. When it comes  to this guideline, beware of crackers and cookies. We’re crackers about  Suzie’s Agave Sweetened Spelt Puffed Cakes.  They’re low in calories, big in munch-ability! As for cookies, you can’t  miss with Miss Meringue Meringue Fat-Free, Gluten-Free, Vanilla Cookies. They’re just sweet enough and melt on your tongue for a sensation you’ll love.

To keep your cholesterol at the optimum levels, get the rest of your fat from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Examples include:

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,  Natural Health  magazine,  Shape  magazine,  Success  magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site,  Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

About Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

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2 comments on «3 Easy Diet Changes to Improve Cholesterol»

  1. Michael says:

    Where does coconut oil fit into this advice?

  2. Jimmy Hosier says:

    Is the Quaker Old Fashioned oatmeal good for you or not?
    Looking on getting the Bob’s Red Mill O/F oatmeal or should I get the Steel Cut oats?
    I use Truvia no calorie natural sweetner and 1/2 tsp Simply organic cinnamon!
    Tastes GREAT!

    Jimmy Hosier, Natural Cures member.

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