3 Easy Diet Changes to Improve Cholesterol

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

You want to enjoy a long, healthy life, and you know that eating right can help you achieve that goal. One key aspect of health: Monitoring your cholesterol. And that’s where eating right can help. The American Heart Association (AHA) emphasizes that by making lifestyle changes, you can take strides toward having healthy cholesterol levels.

Changes for Healthy Cholesterol

Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about your own condition and discuss dietary changes first. With that in mind, here are some positive shifts you can make to your diet to improve your cholesterol levels based on the AHA’s guidelines:

1. Limit total fat intake to less than 25 to 35 percent of your total calories each day.

For  breakfast, consider a bowl of low-fat, heart-healthy oatmeal. This cereal contains soluble  fiber, which can help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL),  or “bad,” cholesterol. Try Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats.

2. Limit saturated fat intake to less than 7 percent of total daily calories.

This guideline can be particularly tricky when it comes to condiments such as salad dressing and  mayonnaise. However, Walden Farms makes fat-free salad dressings, such as  Walden Farms Calorie Free Blue Cheese and fat-free mayonnaise.

3. Limit trans fat intake to less than 1 percent of total daily calories.

When it comes  to this guideline, beware of crackers and cookies. We’re crackers about  Suzie’s Agave Sweetened Kamut Puffed Cakes.  They’re low in calories, big in munch-ability! As for cookies, you can’t  miss with Miss Meringue Meringue Fat-Free, Gluten-Free, Vanilla Cookies. They’re just sweet enough and melt on your tongue for a sensation you’ll love.

To keep your cholesterol at the optimum levels, get the rest of your fat from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Examples include: