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Lowering cholesterol levels through vegetarian diet

Post: #1
12-08-2011, 09:18 PM
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Lowering cholesterol levels through vegetarian diet

I'm currently in a position of trying to bring my cholesterol under control. It and all the other components of my cholesterol: the trigs, HDL, LDL are not normal. Let's just say my cholesterol is extremely high. And, surprising, it runs on my mother's side of the family.

When I got my results, the doctor goes, "Oh, I bet you use butter and you eat a lot of fried foods?" That is not the case. I told her I use Smart Choice and I eat lean meat. Her response, give up the meat. My question. Has anyone had any success with going onto a vegetarian diet, or one that was close to it? If so, can you direct me to some books on the issue.



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Post: #2
12-10-2011, 12:25 AM
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Lowering cholesterol levels through vegetarian diet

Hello,

I am almost vegetarian but not quite and my cholesterol is quite good I am told at my annual checkups. Sometimes the desire to eat meat gets the best of me but I generally do alright. I have a good vegetarian cookbook that I bought just for the recipes. It is a little older and dog eared but it is what is working for me:

The New McDougall Cookbook: 300 Delicious Ultra-Low-Fat Recipes

Another one I have is:

The Ultimate Vegetarian Cookbook

They both get used regularly but the first the most.



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Post: #3
12-27-2011, 01:00 AM
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RE: Lowering cholesterol levels through vegetarian diet

It is your will power who can determine if you can maintain a vegetarian diet. However, there is nothing wrong to eat meat once a week. You don't have to stuff yourself with too much vegetables because you don't have to go all Vegan to fight cholesterol. Eating lean meats once or twice a week is a healthy option too.



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Post: #4
01-19-2012, 09:23 AM
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RE: Lowering cholesterol levels through vegetarian diet

A vegetarian diet can lower cholesterol because it automatically lowers saturated fats, and animal fats are the main source of saturated fats. If you don't want to go vegetarian, just ensure that no more than 10% of your daily calories come from saturated fats. There's more information here:

http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/blog/heal...holesterol

Be careful though, as dairy products also contain saturated fats. Opt for low fat versions whenever you can.



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