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Food can affect the amounts of cholesterol in your blood. Some foods raise cholesterol. Other foods help lower cholesterol.
The table below lists different foods and drinks and how they affect
your total cholesterol level, your
HDL ("good") cholesterol, and your
LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
Effect on your cholesterol level
Dietary fiber (insoluble)
Plant stanols and sterols
For information about a diet that helps lower cholesterol, see High Cholesterol: Using the TLC Diet.
Other Works Consulted
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2005). Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol With TLC (NIH Publication No. 06-5235). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/chol_tlc.pdf.
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.
Sacks FM, et al. (2006). Soy protein, isoflavones, and
cardiovascular health: An American Heart Association science advisory for
professionals from the Nutrition Committee. Circulation,
113(7): 1034–1044. Also available online:
June 18, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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