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Guidelines for Low-Cholesterol Low-Triglyceride Diets

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Foods to Use

Meats, Fish
Choose lean meats (chicken, turkey, veal, and nonfatty cuts of beef with excess fat trimmed). (One serving = 3 oz of cooked meat.)  Also, fresh or frozen fish and canned fish packed in water.  Meats and fish should be broiled (pan or oven) or baked on a rack.
 
Eggs
Egg whites (use freely).  Egg yolks (limit three per week).
 
Fruit
Eat three servings of fresh fruit per day (1 serving = 1/2 cup).  Be sure to have at least one citrus fruit daily.  Frozen or canned fruit with no sugar or syrup added may be used.
 
Vegetables
Most vegetables are not limited.  One dark-green (string beans, escarole) or one deep-yellow (squash) vegetable is recommended daily.  Vegetables may be boiled, steamed, strained or braised with polyunsaturated vegetable oil (see below).
 
Beans
Dried peas or beans (1 serving = 1/2 cup) may be used as a bread substitute.
 
Nuts
Pecans, walnuts and peanuts may be used sparingly.  1 serving = 1 tablespoonful.
 
Breads, Grains
One roll or one slice of whole-grain or enriched bread may be used or three soda crackers or four pieces of melba toast as a substitute.  Spaghetti, rice or noodles (1/2 cup) or 1/2 large ear of corn may be used as a bread substitute.  In preparing these foods, do not use butter or shortening; use soft margarine.  Also use egg and sugar substitutes.
 
Cereals
Use 1/2 cup of hot cereal or 3/4 cup of cold cereal per day.  Add a sugar substitute if desired.
 
Milk Products
Always use skim milk or skim milk products such as low-fat cheeses (farmer's, uncreamed cottage, mozzarella), low-fat yogurt and powdered skim milk.
 
Fats, Oils
Soft margarine and polyunsaturated vegetable oils derived from safflower, soybean, sunflower, corn or sesame seeds.
 
Desserts, Snacks
Limit to two servings per day; substitute each serving for a bread/cereal serving: ice milk, water sherbet (1/4 cup); unflavored gelatin or gelatin flavored with sugar substitute (1/3 cup); pudding prepared with skim milk (1/2 cup); egg white souffls; unbuttered popcorn (1 1/2 cups).
 
Beverages
Fresh fruit juices (limit 4 oz per day); black coffee, plain or herbal teas; soft drinks with sugar substitutes; club soda, preferably salt-free; cocoa made with skim milk or nonfat dried milk and water (sugar substitute added if desired); clear broth.  Alcohol: limit two servings per day.
 
Miscellaneous
You may use the following freely: Vinegar, spices, herbs, nonfat bouillon, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, flavoring essence.

Foods to Avoid

Meats, Fish
Pork, bacon, sausage and other pork products; fatty fowl (duck, goose); skim and fat of turkey and chicken; processed meats; luncheon meats (salami, bologna); frankfurters and fast-food hamburgers (they're loaded with fat); organ meats (kidneys, liver); canned fish packed in oil.  Shellfish (lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters) should be used sparingly.
 
Eggs
Limit egg yolks to three per week.
 
Fruits
Coconuts.
 
Vegetables
Avoid avocados and olives.  Starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn, lima beans, dried peas, beans) may be used only if substituted for a serving of bread or cereal.
 
Beans
Commercial baked beans with sugar and/or pork.
 
Nuts
Avoid nuts.  Limit pecans, walnuts and peanuts to one tablespoonful per day.
 
Breads, Grains
Any baked goods with shortening and/or sugar.  Commercial mixes with dried eggs and whole milk.  Avoid sweet rolls, doughnuts and breakfast pastries (Danish).
 
Milk Products
Whole milk and whole-milk packaged goods; cream; ice cream; whole milk puddings, yogurt or cheeses; nondairy cream substitutes.
 
Fats, Oils
Butter, saturated fats (olive, peanut, coconut oil), lard, solid margarine, commercial salad dressings, gravies, bacon drippings, cream sauces.
 
Desserts, Snacks
Fried snack foods like potato chips; chocolate; candies in general; jams, jellies, syrups; whole milk puddings; ice cream and milk sherbets.  Hydrogenated peanut butter.
 
Beverages
Sugared fruit juices and soft drinks; cocoa made with whole milk and/or sugar.  When using alcohol (1 oz liquor, 5 oz beer, or 2 1/2 oz dry table wine per serving), one serving must be substituted for one bread or cereal serving (limit two servings of alcohol per day).

Special Notes
  • Remember that even nonlimited foods should be used in moderation.
  • While on cholesterol-lowering diets, be sure to avoid animal fats and marbled meats.
  • While on triglyceride-lowering diets, be sure to avoid sweets and to control the amount of carbohydrates you eat (starchy foods such as flour, bread, potatoes).
  • Consult your physician if you have any questions.