How to eat "anti-cholesterol"?
What are the characteristics of the anti-cholesterol diet? Géraldine, 35
Nutritionist and endocrinologist
The anti-cholesterol diet is based on four main principles:
1. Increase your consumption of plant products. They help lower cholesterol thanks to their high fiber content (whole wheat, muesli, all fruits and vegetables). They are also beneficial for their intake of antioxidant vitamins, which have a preventive action against cardiovascular diseases.
2. Choose your fat. For cooking, olive oil; for seasoning, rapeseed oil or nuts; for sandwiches, a dietary margarine. We forget the butter, too rich in cholesterol and especially in saturated fats.
3. Limit your intake of saturated fats (meats, cheeses and fatty dairy products, sausages ...) that tend to favor cholesterol deposits, just like trans fatty acids (puff pastry, cakes and industrial pastries, biscuits, bars) cereals ...) mentioned by the term "partially hydrogenated oil" in the list of ingredients.
4. Increase your fish consumption. It has a protective effect for the cardiovascular system. Vegetarians can turn to tofu (fermented soy paste).
These four rules are sometimes enough to find a satisfactory cholesterol level. A blood test after three months of such a regime will verify it. If your cholesterol level is still high, your doctor may suggest medication.