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Eating healthy foods might help you lower high cholesterol. Many people whose cholesterol is high because they eat too many fatty foods are able to lower their cholesterol with diet changes.
Try these healthy food choices to help lower your cholesterol.
Avoid serving fresh vegetables with butter or cheese.
Avoid packaged desserts, especially those with palm or coconut oil.
Some margarine spreads can help to lower cholesterol levels. These margarines contain plant stanol or sterol esters from wood
pulp or soybean oil.
These margarines can help lower cholesterol levels, particularly in
people who have high cholesterol levels or who consume too much fat in their
diets. They work by blocking the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines
and may work best in combination with other therapies, including medicine, to
Other Works Consulted
Raymond JL, Couch SC (2012). Medical nutrition and therapy for cardiovascular disease. In LK Mahan et al., eds., Krause's Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th ed., pp. 742–781. St Louis: Saunders.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes EducatorColleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator & Colleen O'Connor, PhD, RD - Registered Dietitian
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