Lowering your dietary intake of cholesterol is recommended to maintain overall good health. Basic dietary guidelines are as follows:
Limit the following in your diet:
Fats, especially saturated fats.
All foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (most margarines and baked goods.
Dairy fats, such as whole milk, cheese made with whole milk, butter, egg yolks, sour cream.
Vegetable oil and lard.
Beef, especially the less-lean cuts.
Products made of refined sugars and flours.
Most animal fats and hydrogenated fats are solid at room temperature, and have more of the LDL, or ‘bad’ cholesterol. Also known as ‘trans fats’, these are the fats to avoid. Look carefully on the ingredients label for the words, ‘hydrogenated,’ or ‘trans fats.’ The most common foods with trans fats are cookies, pies, cakes, chips, snack and convenience foods. These foods also usually contain refined sugars and flours, making them doubly bad for cholesterol levels.
Instead, use these:
Fruits and vegetables, most of which are cholesterol-free, and which help lower...