10 Shopping Tips for a Low-Cholesterol Kitchen
Part of the Low-Cholesterol Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Adopting a low-cholesterol diet means knowing how to shop for quality foods. Whether you prefer a supermarket, farmers market, or gourmet stores, here are some guidelines to set you on the low-cholesterol path:
Check the ingredient list on labels and avoid products that contain partially hydrogenated oils and high-fructose corn syrup.
Read the labels for saturated fat content of products to make sure you're not underestimating the amount of fat.
Buy lowfat and nonfat dairy products.
Favor low-sodium, reduced-fat, and fat-free soups.
To make sure you're eating nutrient-rich, fresh produce, bring home only as many fruits and vegetables as you expect to eat within a few days.
Opt for organic meats, poultry, and produce when possible.
Resist the temptation to buy liver, which is exceptionally high in cholesterol.
Look for low-fat alternatives to fattier foods, such as turkey sausage rather than pork.
For the most flavor and nutrients, buy produce that's local and in season.
If you must have a splurge food, such as rich French vanilla ice cream, treat yourself to the best to really fix your craving, and then don't bring it home again for a good long time.