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The Keys to Conquering Cholesterol

Do's and Don'ts for a Healthy Heart

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  • If these tips don't work--try what I do-- I follow a LCHF diet and my cholesterol went down 90 points in 2 months.
  • I was just reading the information in the reference section on fats and oils at http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/refere
    nce_fats.asp and it has olives listed in 2 different section in the chart at the bottom of that page. In the fruits & veggies section is states to only have olives 3 or 4 times per week, but in the fats and oils section it states to choose Olives and olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil daily. Not that it really matters to me since I don't eat olives, but that is a bit confusing.
  • I needed to see this again!
  • JUNEBUG_22C
    Some days you just can't win! BUT! Then there are OTHERS!
  • Much of the information in this article does not apply if you are a diabetic. Diabetics need to eliminate things like bread, rice, pasta, etc for being high carb foods.
  • I am disappointed in the continuation of pushing old ideas based on non-scientific "proof" -- correlations, at best... and most studies are male-oriented.

    New and REAL, proper scientific studies are actually disproving a lot of what you are touting.

    Please, please, PLEASE start looking into updated information!
  • It is impossible to limit your cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams a day. I workout 5-6 days a week, eat a high protein diet, and just a few eggs in my first meal of the day will blow that limit out of the water! So I'm supposed to eat healthy. people say eat chicken, beef, seafood. Guess what they're all loaded with cholesterol! So I don't care what this article is telling you to do. Easier said than done. It won't work. Even the cholesterol lower medications I take don't work. It is hereditary and I'm sick of the blood work telling me it is too high. It is what it is. The only way to keep your cholesterol intake under 300 mg is to starve yourself on a daily basis, and I'm not going that route. Fvck it I have to die someday anyway...
  • I have just received an email directing me to read this article - it's now Sept 2016. As others have commented months and months ago, this dietry cholesterol info is out of date yet Spark people are still pushing it. Guess we really are being advised by robots. So long SP, I wil be looking for a site involving humsns in its management.
  • I was going to say the same thing. The amount of cholesterol you eat has nothing to do with your cholesterol level in the blood... the newest and best research shows!
    But the amount of carbs, especially sugar carbs and/or bad fats do. No canola oil.
    Coconut oil, Olive oil, grapeseed oil,,,,, are wonderful!! and animal fat is not bad ......
    yup, the article needs updated for sure.
  • JMB369
    SPARK PEOPLE MANAGERS! This article contains OUTDATED INFORMATION. I have always recommended SP to my friends as a source of good information on nutrition and exercise. But you can't keep recycling the same old aetickes. Research continues and sometimes lead to radical changes in the conclusions. Eggs are okay! Meat fat from organic grass fed animals is okay. Canola oil is not okay. Grains and beans are NOT okay for everyone. Sugar and artificial sweeteners are bigger culprits than healthy fats. Sufficient high quality sleep may be more important to our health than diet and exercise. Please keep us current!
  • DO get some better family genes. What is wrong with you anyway?
  • My mother cooked bacon or pork sausage and eggs (cooked in bacon or sausage grease) for breakfast almost every day, and saved the bacon grease for cooking things like fried chicken and making gravy; she and my father lived to be 95, and were healthy along the way. They grew up in the Depression era on farms, and so were used to eating foods that were close to the source; unprocessed in other words.

    My brother-in-law had such high cholesterol that his doctor wanted to put him on a cholesterol-lowering drug. My sister, who has a lot of knowledge of nutrition, had him start taking psyllium root powder instead, and his numbers went down enough that the doctor said he didn't need the drug.

    Keep your food close to the source: remember the saying that too many cooks spoil the broth. Grow a garden if you can. Get a lot of exercise. And don't worry so much about avoiding fat.
  • BLUJADED
    Cholesterol is ESSENTIAL for brain health and hormone function. 'Bad' HDL cholesterol is not caused by dietary cholesterol, but actually a result of high insulin response in those with a high sugar/carbohydrate diet (that includes whole grains!). Not only do healthy fats like olive, coconut and avocado oil NOT make you fat, they can actually help you lose weight by easing the transition away from sugary foods in order to lower blood sugar levels and inflammation, as well as promote satiety. Canola, and other vegetable oils have been proven to be less healthy due to their exposure to pesticides and their tendency to go rancid before they've even made it to the supermarket.
    Very disappointed in some of the outdated nutrition information given out here sometimes...
  • MAMAMASON 64 my mother had incredible results but cooking oatmeal muffins bought her cholesterol levels way down

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