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18 Feb 2004

HIGH CHOLESTEROL
If I have high cholesterol (6.1) Can I eat peanut butter, Cadbury lite hot chocolate, fat free milk and any nuts? Is there any food besides fruit and oats that will lower cholesterol like nuts or garlic? Please help. Also, will cardio help because I only do it twice a week for an hour (high intensity though). The other 3 days I do strength training. Can I still eat my pink salmon and rainbow trout, sardines and tuna? I usually eat fat free or low fat foods, but the last two weeks I have craved cheese, so I was wondering in I acutually had low cholesterol before these two weeks. Is it possible to increase it so quickly and hopefully get it back down again within a week or two with a healthy fat free and exercise program?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Mimi
I did reply to your question about the cholesterol earlier today. Peanut butter can be eaten in small portions as it is high in total fat content and energy - so don't overdo things. All nuts can be eaten in moderation as they are usually rich in monounsaturated fats which help to lower cholesterol, but they are all high in energy and can cause weight gain if eaten in excess. Garlic is excellent for heart conditions and may help to lower cholesterol. You can also use Flora pro.activ margarine which contains plant sterols and lowers cholesterol if used regularly -buy at your supermarket and use as instructed. You must continue eating that fish because a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids will also lower cholesterol. Consider also taking Salmon oil capsules to further boost your omega-3 intake. I don't think the fact that you ate cheese for 2 weeks has increased your cholesterol to such an extent. The exercise is also very beneficial so do keep up the good work.
Best regards
DietDoc
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