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We have prepared a list of foods you should avoid if you are following a low-cholesterol, low-triglyceride diet:

Meats, Fish
  • Avoid marbled beef, duck, and goose (remove skin from poultry).
  • Avoid processed meats, luncheon meats (salami, bologna), frankfurters and fast-food hamburgers.
  • Avoid organ meats (kidneys, liver)
  • Avoid canned fish packed in oil.

  • Eggs Limit egg yolk to 4 per week, including those used in cooking.

    Fruits Avoid coconuts, which are rich in saturated fats.

    Vegetables Eat avocado and olives sparingly, since they are high in monosaturated fats and calories.

    Beans Avoid commercially baked beans with sugar and/or pork added.

    Nuts Limit all nuts that are high in calories.

  • Avoid any baked goods with shortening and/or sugar.
  • Avoid commercial mixes with dried eggs and whole milk.
  • Avoid sweet rolls, doughnuts, breakfast pastries (e.g. Danishes), and sweetened packaged cereals.

  • Milk Products Avoid whole milk and whole-milk packaged goods, cream, ice cream, and nondairy cream substitutes.

  • Avoid butter, lard, animal fats, bacon drippings, gravies, cream sauces, and palm and coconut oils.
  • Examine labels on "cholesterol-free" products for "hydrogenated fats". These are oils that have been hardened into solids and, in process, became saturated. Margarine is one example of such fats.

  • Desserts, Snacks Avoid fried snack foods (such as potato chips), chocolate, candies, jams, jellies, and syrups.

  • Avoid sugared fruit juices and soft drinks and cocoa made with whole milk and/or sugar.
  • One serving of alcohol is equal to 1 oz liquor, 5 oz beer, or 2.5 oz dry table wine.
  • One serving of alcohol must be substituted for 1 bread or cereal serving.
  • Limit alcohol to 2 serving per day.

  • Special Notes
    1. Use all foods in moderation.
    2. Read all labels - sometimes they can be misleading.
    3. While on this diet, be sure to avoid sweets and control the amount of simple and direct carbohydrates you eat (candies, sweets, and starchy foods as flour, bread, and potatoes).
    4. Buy a good low-fat cookbook (or visit the web sites with low-fat recipes that we have selected for you).
    5. Consult us if you have any questions.

    Useful Links
    1. What Is Cholesterol?
      We often hear the word "cholesterol". What is its definition? Why should we try to reduce its levels? Here's the answer to those questions provided by American Heart Association.

    2. Facts about Cholesterol
      This WebMD article discussed the important facts about cholesterol as well as the connection between cholesterol and fats that we eat. In fact, it provides the essential information about the different types of cholesterol and fats.

    3. Limiting Fats and Cholesterol
      Check out American Heat Association's guidelines regarding which foods to avoid in order to lower your cholesterol levels.
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