By modifying your lifestyle, you cam improve your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of future health problems. Increase the amount of whole grains, fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Choose high fiber foods such as oat bran, oatmeal and cereals with psyllium.
- Eat legumes regularly (e.g., chick peas, lentils).
- Limit grain products that may have hidden fats (e.g., croissants, flaky pastry, muffins, doughnuts, cookies).
- Eat fruits and vegetables daily.
- Limit fat-adding ingredients like mayonnaise and salad dressing on vegetables and salads.
- Avoid dairy products with high milk fat (% MF) content such as cream, high fat cheese and butter.
- When buying milk, yogurt or cottage cheese, select 1% MF (milk fat) concentration or less; when buying hard cheese, select 15% MF concentration or less.
- Avoid tropical oils such as palm and coconut oils because they are high in saturated fats.
- When buying oils, choose those that are high in mono and polyunsaturated fats such as olive, canola, corn, sunflower, safflower or soya oil, and use them in moderation.
This material is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the medical advice of your doctor or any other health care professional. Always consult with your physician if you are in any way concerned about your health.
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