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Cholesterol and Diet


The Healthiest Alternatives to Olive Oil

Yes, olive oil's the reigning champ of healthy, versatile fats, but these alternatives are worth a pour. All have the same amount of calories—roughly 120 per tablespoon—along with health (and taste!) perks.   View slideshow


20 Heart-Smart Salmon Recipes

Easy ways to grill and bake delicious salmon dishes   View slideshow

Eating to Control Cholesterol Levels: Everyday Diet Strategies to Lower LDL

Cut your cholesterol in five steps
About one in two American adults has borderline or high cholesterol levels, which increase one’s risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Medication is only part of the solution: To keep cholesterol under control, maintaining a healthy weight and diet is just as important as taking a daily pill.  Read More


A Sample Menu for a Low-Fat Diet

The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet places limits on sodium, dietary cholesterol, and total calories.   View slideshow

Fats You Can—and Should—Eat

Think you have to go low fat? Not anymore: New research has turned this nutritional bad guy into a must-eat. Ahead, the good news.
It's just not fair: Fat got a bad rap decades ago because scientists assumed, based on the misinterpretation of a couple of large studies, that eating foods containing fat would lead directly to obesity and heart disease. Fatty foods were made out to be our sole dietary vice, responsible for raising our cholesterol levels, clogging our arteries, and causing us to get, well, fat.   Read More


20 Low-Cholesterol Meals

Parmesan Potato Pancake
Eating a healthy diet doesn't mean the end of taste—just check out this collection of delicious low-cholesterol recipes. You'll forget you're eating for your health!   View slideshow


Heart-Healthy Recipe of the Day

Eating a heart-healthy diet doesn’t mean the end of taste. You'll never feel deprived of real food—just check out this collection of delicious low-cholesterol recipes. You’ll forget you’re eating for your health!   View calendar


10 Easy Food Swaps For A Tastier Low-Cholesterol Diet

Tips for making cholesterol lowering foods taste delicious, even while you're lowering your cholesterol levels.   View slideshow


Good Fats, Bad Fats: How to Choose

It's recommended that 20% to 30% of the calories adults consume come from fat, but do you know the difference between the good and the bad? Fat doesn't have to be a scary word, so long as you're getting enough of the right kind.   View slideshow


Farmed or Wild?

Do you know which salmon is best—Atlantic, Alaskan, or sockeye? Or what about wild versus farm-raised? Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you’re stumped in the seafood aisle.   View slideshow


Butter vs. Margarine: How to Choose

Not sure if margarine is healthier than butter? There's a reason you're confused. Not all margarines (or butters) are the same. Here are some of the best and worst products for your heart.   View slideshow


The 22 Worst Foods for Trans Fat

Trans fat can make food taste good, last longer on grocery-store shelves, and more hazardous for your heart. Many food manufacturers and fast-food chains have removed or reduced trans fat. But it still lurks in many foods—here are 22 to watch.   View slideshow


24 Tasty, Low-Sodium Recipes for Every Meal

From hash browns to ceviche to corn chowder with sausage, here are some meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks and drinks, that taste great without boosting your blood pressure.   View slideshow


5 Fab Fish Dishes

These recipes all feature safe fish, so break out the lemon wedges and treat yourself tonight to this ultimate summer health food!   View slideshow


10 Heart-Healthy Dessert Recipes

Sweets aren’t off-limits if you’re aiming for a heart-healthy diet, just choose carefully. High fat content (particularly saturated fat) can cause higher cholesterol levels in the body, but these 10 desserts are both low-fat and tasty!   View slideshow

How to Have a Healthy Heart For Life

Here's how to keep your heart beating strong for decades to come.
Ready for some exciting health news? "Ninety-nine percent of heart disease is preventable by changing your diet and lifestyle," says Dean Ornish, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and author of Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.  Read More


7 Heart-Healthy Foods

Certain key foods can dramatically reduce your risk of getting heart disease. Add these superfoods to your diet today for a healthier heart tomorrow.   View slideshow


20 Best Foods for Fiber

If fiber were a drug, the world would be clamoring for it—yes, it's that good   View slideshow


23 Easy, Low-Fat Dinners

Prepare a simple and satisfying dinner with these healthy recipes. We'll show you how to make everything from pasta and pizza to burgers and burritos, all with less than 15 grams of fat.   View slideshow


5 Cholesterol Myths and Facts

Think you know it all? Check out common myths about high cholesterol, who’s most likely to have it, what types of food can cause it, and why—sometimes—cholesterol isn’t a bad word.   View slideshow


7 Causes of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol comes from a variety of sources, including your family history and what you eat. Here is a visual journey through the most common causes.   View slideshow


10 Best Foods for Your Heart

From breakfast to dinner (and snacks in between) you're entire day can be heart-healthy! A good-for-your-ticker diet doesn't have to be bland or boring, as we show you here with these heart-y foods that will leave you satisfied.   View slideshow

In Real Life, Heart-Healthy Diets Can Be Work

How real people learned to change their long-standing habits
Paul Tasner, 62, of Greenbrae, Calif., has cholesterol" that zoomed up to 298 five years ago. "That's comparable to having little bits of cheese floating around in your arteries," he says. On a fat-restricted vegetarian diet, he was able get it down slightly. But he has a hard time resisting cravings for junk food, especially when he is traveling on business.
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Dietary Fats Can Help—or Harm—Your Heart

How to choose more of the good and avoid the kind that can clog your arteries
Many people with heart disease try to banish fats, but they're missing out on lots of foods that can protect the heart. Avocados, nuts, fish, olive oil—they're all fatty, and they can all help keep you alive. But other fats act as napalm to the heart.  Read More


20 Heart-Healthy Fall Meals

Indulge in your favorite fall foods with these 20 recipes   View slideshow


9 Low-Fat Holiday Desserts

All the things that make holiday desserts delicious are also the ingredients that are high in fat. Try these guilt-free desserts instead.   View slideshow


She Is Trying to Control Cholesterol With Statins and Diet

Eating healthy isn't enough
Heart Disease Control Cholesterol Statins Diet Doctor-Patient Video
Vicki has coronary artery disease. Here she describes her efforts to lower her cholesterol with drugs and diet.   Read More