If you've been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you may be worried about reducing your intake of high cholesterol foods. Studies suggest, however, that the cholesterol in our food has little effect on blood cholesterol levels.
The cholesterol in your blood comes mostly from the liver, and is effected by your saturated and trans fat intake, rather than your intake of cholesterol containing foods.
Government guidelines do, however, state that you should limit your average cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day. But, if you have been diagnosed with heart disease, this should be reduced further to an intake of less than 200 milligrams per day.
And, although this is the care, you should be most concerned about replacing the saturated and trans fat sources in your diet, with healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, to help protect your heart health, rather than worry too much about the cholesterol sources in your diet.
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, more than likely your doctor has given you a list of foods to avoid. The list really seems much longer than it is. As you begin to modify your eating behaviors you will notice a change in your overall health. It is important that you eat the right foods for high blood pressure in order for you to gain control over it.
Throughout this article you will learn how to modify your eating without having to modify your taste buds. Your food has to lose unnecessary and unhealthy elements but the flavor can be brought out in other ways. Here are some tips to help make the change in lifestyle a little simpler.
Take the salt shaker away from the table and put it in a cabinet. Out of sight is the best. However, if you must use salt when you cook add a smaller amount at the very end of the meal, just before it is finished.
Instead of using salt in preparation use fresh herbs and spices. This will add flavor and not sodium.
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When I was first diagnosed with high cholesterol, it came as a real surprise. Having grown up eating mostly a Mediterranean diet and having been an athlete for most of my life, I was taken aback that my cholesterol level was 280. While my doctor immediately prescribed statins to bring down the levels quickly, he did emphasize that I pay more attention to my eating habits and to combine regular exercise, especially as I entered my forties.
I was prescribed 10 mg of Lipitor daily and scheduled for another blood screen the following month. My goal was to have my cholesterol under 200 by that time, meaning that I would have to cut at least 80 points off it in less than 30 days. From research that I had done I knew that Lipitor can help lower overall cholesterol by approximately 30 percentage points, which would have been enough to get me right under the 200 mark. But I decided that I wanted to try out a little experiment to see if I could do even better.
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