Individuals with high cholesterol should eat foods rich in fiber, which are most fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and they should limit intake of saturated and trans fats. Find out how to eat well with high cholesterol with healthy advice from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on nutrition.
My name is Christine Marquette and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic and I've been asked what foods should you eat if you have high cholesterol. The primary foods to eat if you have high cholesterol are high fiber foods. High fiber foods are going to be found in all types of fruits and vegetables also in the whole grains. Now depending on what type of cholesterol that you have that's elevated for example, if you have LDL cholesterol besides eating a lot of these high fiber foods, you also want to make sure that you are limiting your choices of saturated and trans fat. Those are the types of fats that are primarily responsible for increasing LDL cholesterol. Another item that can increase LDL cholesterol is alcohol. So if you like to drink beer, wine or mixed drinks you want to make sure if you are a man, that you don't have any more then two per day and if you are a woman that you don't have more then one per day. Beyond that can actually increase that LDL cholesterol. If you have elevated triglycerides the foods that you want to include are going to be in addition to high fiber foods, healthy fat foods. So that would be things like seafoods, any type of seafood whether it's fin fish or shell fish also things like avocados, olives, olive oil, canola oil. That's seeds, nut butter. Even though these foods have a lot of fat in them, they have a lot of the mono unsaturated fats and some of these items have those omega three fats that are very beneficial for low rank triglycerides. So again depending on the type of fat in your blood that is high, you want to make sure that you are including a lot of fiber and or a lot of these healthy fats and try to avoid excessive saturated fats, trans fats and excessive amounts of alcohol.