Classification of foods for a low cholesterol diet

Lowering cholesterol through diet

What is the proper diet for cholesterol?

For people who do not consider to undertake a completely vegetable diet, the following list, based on the Spanish Society of Arteriosclerosis, shows a series of recommendations that should be taken into account when you have high blood cholesterol levels:

Food suitable and not suitable for cholesterol
EAT DAILY (Low cholesterol foods)EAT WITH MODERATION

– only 3 times a week- (Medium cholesterol foods)

NOT RECOMMENDED (High cholesterol foods)
Only the white3 maximum each week
Chicken and turkey without skinLamb, pork, ham, beef, veal or cow (only the lean parts. (Chicken or beef sausages)Sausages, intestines, pâtés, sausages, hamburgers, bacon, pates, duck
Fish and shellfish
Blue fish, white fish, canned tuna, clams or oystersCanned sardines, canned mackerel, shrimps, prawns, mussels, crayfish, salt cod” Mojama” (= salt-cured tuna), fish fried in not vegetable oil
Skimmed milk and skimmed milk derivativesFresh cheese or low fat cheeseWhole milk, custard, cream, cheese cream or fatty cheese or cured cheese
Oil of fat
Olive oilMargarine or seed oils that do not contain hydrogenated fats (trans fatty acids)Palm oil, coconut oil, lard, butter, margarine, bacon,
Sauces and spices
Garlic and oil sauce, mustard, pepper, vinegarSauce bechamel or mayonnaiseNot skimmed milk sauces, animal fat, butter or margarine.
Vegetables, legumes and fruits
In general all are suitableOlives, avocados, potatoes fried in suitable oil (should be limited in cases of obesity or hypertriglicerids)Coconut, fritters in saturated vegetable oils,, chips.
Preferably whole cereals products: biscuits, bread, pasta, flour (in case of obesity you should limit them)Pasta prepared with seed oil or olive oil, Italian egg pasta (should be limited in cases of obesity or hypertriglicerids)Muffins, croissants, biscuits or industrial products which contain inappropriate saturated fats.
Dry fruits
Generally all (sunflower seeds should not be salted)PeanutsSalted peanuts, coconut and salted sunflower seeds
Mineral water, fruit juices, homemade, sugar-free drinks. Infusions (Limit coffee and tea to three servings per day)Drinks with sugar
Honey, sugar, jam. Desserts made with skimmed milkSweets, marzipan, nougat, homemade pasta, pudding without egg. Sweets made from seed oils or olive.Chocolate, not homemade cakes, industrial pies or ice cream or sweets made with whole milk.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

18 February, 2021

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