Dietary Cholesterol

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Dietary cholesterol comes from animal foods such as those in meats, poultry, egg yolks, whole milk, butter, cream. These foods are high in saturated fats and, consumed in excess, can lead to high levels of LDL, or low density lipoproteins, in the bloodstream. LDL is the cholesterol that, left alone, leads to the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, which in turn leads to clotting and either heart attack or stroke.

Controlling diet for saturated fats and transfatty acids, which are found in abundance in processed and fast foods unfortunately such a staple in our national diet, is critical to lower cholesterol in the blood and a healthy circulatory system. It is also very easy, even if it does mean practicing willpower.

Plant foods—including fruits and vegetables, grains, pasta, rice and cereals—do not contain any dietary cholesterol. They also do not contribute to weight problems and obesity. They are therefore an integral part of a healthy heart diet and lifestyle.

How Much Dietary Cholesterol Is Too Much?

Suggested daily intake of dietary cholesterol is in the 220 to 260 mg range for women and 360 for men. These amounts will vary depending a number of other risk factors, which include age, gender, obesity, obesity, simple weight problems, and hypertension, among others.

It is important to consult your health care practitioner to best understand your personal risks and therefore what dietary cholesterol intake is optimal for your heart health at this stage in your life.


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