Low-Cholesterol Cookbook For Dummies
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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.

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Molly Siple, MS, RD, is the author of Healing Foods For Dummies and a columnist for Natural Health magazine. She is an adjunct instructor at Southern California School of Culinary Arts.

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