Cholesterol Diet: Food Servings
1800-Calorie Eating Plan to Lower Cholesterol
See Table 1 for a general outline of a calorie-controlled diet plan to reduce blood cholesterol, listing food servings from all major food groups and portion sizes. For more advice about food options, and sample menus, see: Cholesterol Lowering Diet, Cholesterol Lowering Eating Plan and Low Cholesterol Diet Recipes
When is a Cholesterol Lowering Diet Necessary?
If your total cholesterol level is between 200-239 md/dl and if you have no other risk factors (eg. family history of coronary heart disease before the age of 55, elevated blood pressure, tobacco smoking, diabetes, vascular disease, obesity, male gender), you should follow a cholesterol-lowering diet to normalize your level and thereby reduce your risk of atherosclerosis. If your cholesterol level is higher or lower, be advised by your doctor as to what type of cholesterol-reducing eating plan is best for you.
Table 1. 1800-Calorie Diet Plan
Adapted from: USDA Food Guide (Dietary Guidelines)
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