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High Cholesterol Diet Guidelines

By EatingWell Editors

What you can do to lower your cholesterol for better heart health.


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"This article is not titled correctly, there were no guidelines given, only a definition of what high cholesterol is. "

Eat more fiber

Increasing your total daily fiber intake is always a good idea, but when it comes to lowering cholesterol soluble fiber really counts: studies show that increasing soluble fiber by as little as 5 to 10 grams per day can reduce LDL cholesterol by 3 to 5 percent. How? Soluble fiber is gel-like when it dissolves in the intestines and binds some of the dietary cholesterol in the gut, making it unavailable for absorption.

Soluble fiber is found in foods such as oatmeal, kidney beans, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears, barley and prunes. Eating 1½ cups of cooked oatmeal provides 3 grams of soluble fiber.

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