Controlling Your Cholesterol
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Cholesterol is a waxy substance that travels in your bloodstream. When you have high cholesterol, it builds up in the walls of your blood vessels. This makes the blood vessels narrower and blood flow decrease. Then you could have a heart attack or a stroke.
Understanding Fat and Cholesterol
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Too much cholesterol in your blood can lead to blocked arteries. Eating foods that contain cholesterol can raise your blood cholesterol. Planning meals that are low in cholesterol and saturated fat helps reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood. Try to eat less than 200 mg of cholesterol a day.
Understanding Dietary Fat
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There are different kinds of fats in the foods you eat. Fats can be saturated or unsaturated. Planning meals that are low in saturated fat helps reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood. A healthy goal is to have less than 30% of your daily calories come from fat. Instead of fats, eat more fruits, grains, and vegetables.