4 Steps for Eating Healthier
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Changing the way you eat can reduce many of your risk factors. It can lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight. Your diet doesn’t have to be bland and boring to be healthy. Just follow these 3 steps: eat less fat and salt, and eat more fiber.
Low-Fat Cooking Tips
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Cooking with less fat may mean learning some new ways to cook. But it doesn’t mean eating bland, boring food. And it doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen. There are lots of ways to cook and season foods using less fat.
Eating a High-Fiber Diet
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Fiber is what gives strength and structure to plants. Most grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits contain fiber. Foods rich in fiber are often low in calories and fat, and they fill you up more. They may also reduce your risks for certain health problems.
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.
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.