Low Cholesterol & Low Fat Diet

Why a Low Cholesterol Low Fat Diet is Important?

Most Americans with high cholesterol don't even realize it until it's too late. They often feel just fine until the first sign of trouble... a heart attack! That is why it is important to avoid foods high in saturatedd fats and cholesterol.

High cholesterol and lipids (fats) are associated with the build up of plaque in the arteries of the body that can reduce blood flow to the heart or head. This may lead to cardiovascular (heart) disease and stroke. By following a diet with less total fat, low saturated fat, and low-cholesterol, you can help control your blood cholesterol and reduce your rish of heart attack and stroke.

How To Lower Your Cholesterol

Three major dietary factors that contribute to high levels of serum cholesterol, including LDL cholesterol are:
1. High intake of saturated fat
2. High intake of dietart cholesterol
3. An imbalance between calorie intake and activity level leading to obesity

Individuals with high triglycerides may also need to reduce foods high in sugar or refined carbohydrate, and avoid alcohol. A high serum level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) "good" cholesterol is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease. Here is a chart to help guide your eating habits.

A family history of heart disease, a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise and obesity can all contribute to your risk of hardening of the arteries. Take care of yourself. Take care of your heart. It's the only one you have!

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