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Jennifer Moll, PharmD

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Ways to Add Vegatables to Your Heart-Healthy Diet

Tuesday April 22, 2014

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Are you including enough vegetables in your cholesterol-lowering diet? These delicious foods are chock-full of nutrients like vitamins, fiber, and phytosterols -- all of which are cholesterol-friendly ingredients. It's recommended that you consume at least three to four servings of vegetables daily. If you're in need of some ways to sneak veggies into your heart-healthy diet, try these helpful tips.

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Can Fiber Supplements Lower Your Cholesterol?

Sunday April 20, 2014

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Adding fiber to your diet not only introduces healthier foods to your everyday meals -- it can also improve your overall health. One aspect of your health that some types of fiber appear to affect is your heart health. Studies have shown that soluble fiber can improve certain aspects of your lipid profile. Although adding foods high in fiber is the best way to fulfill your daily requirements, you might still be tempted to add a fiber supplement to your cholesterol-lowering regimen -- especially if you aren't able to get it from the food you eat. Unfortunately, not all fiber supplements can help lower your cholesterol. This article will show you which fiber supplements appear to lower your cholesterol -- and which ones may not be effective.

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Low-Fat Ways to Enjoy Japanese Cuisine

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Japanese cuisine is gaining popularity, with several restaurants cropping up in cities offering anything between various types of sushi to full, traditional dinners. There are many delicious foods to try in this type of cuisine - with many of these foods being very healthy. Just as with any type of cooking, however, there are some foods to minimize if you are following a cholesterol-lowering diet. This guide will show you how to enjoy this scrumptious cuisine while watching your cholesterol.

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Beginning Your Cholesterol-Lowering Diet

Sunday April 13, 2014

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When you begin to watch your cholesterol, one of the things you will first need to address is your diet. Although following a diet to keep your cholesterol levels healthy is not difficult to do, staying on track can be a little hard to do at times. This article will take the guesswork out of following a cholesterol-lowering diet by show you which foods you should be including in your heart-healthy diet, as well as tips that will help you to keep on track.

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Ways to Incorporate Nuts into Your Healthy Diet

Sunday April 6, 2014

When you think of nuts -- such as pecans, almonds, or walnuts -- as a food, you may think of them nothing more than just a quick snack. However, this grab-and-go finger food contains a variety of nutrients, including vitamins, unsaturated fats, fiber, and phytosterols -- all of which are considered "cholesterol-friendly" ingredients. Therefore, their nutrient content makes them more worthy than just being designated as an occasional snack. This article will show some ways you can sneak nuts in your healthy diet.

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Tips for Selecting Foods for Your Cholesterol-Lowering Diet

Sunday March 30, 2014

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Grocery shopping can get a little frustrating when you're looking for cholesterol-friendly foods -- especially if it is for the first time. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be. I know that when I first started on my quest for healthy eating, I was so focused on finding foods that were low-fat, that I forgot about taking into account foods with high sugar content, or the fact that vegetables, fruits, and spices are also important, heart-healthy foods that can liven up an otherwise boring low-fat dish. There are many delicious foods in your local grocery store that can satisfy your appetite, without greatly affecting your cholesterol levels. Try these delicious, healthy tips that will help you in deciding which foods to select when grocery shopping.

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Do You Really Need to Fast Before Your Cholesterol Test?

Saturday March 29, 2014

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Getting a cholesterol test isn't as rigorous as other tests -- in fact, all it requires is a little bit of your blood. However, you might agree that the hardest part of the test is the fasting beforehand -- especially if you have an appointment late in the day. Do you really have to abstain from eating before getting your cholesterol checked? This article will tell you which lipids on your profile are most affected by not fasting before your test.

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Ways to Include Healthier Grains in Your Diet

Monday March 24, 2014

When you're on a cholesterol-lowering diet, it seems that even the most innocent foods can affect your lipid levels - even bread. Although breads contain certain healthy vitamins, they can also be a hidden source of refined sugars. Even the cholesterol-friendly nutrients and fibers found in the healthiest whole grains  can be negated by what you add to them. Luckily, there are ways to enjoy your bread and other grains without them having a significant impact on your heart health. This article will show you some simple ways you can include healthier, whole grains in your diet.

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Can You Use Fiber Supplements to Lower Your Cholesterol?

Friday March 21, 2014

Soluble fiber has been shown to help keep your cholesterol levels in check - as well as exert other positive health benefits. Although your intentions may be good, you may not be fitting enough foods high in soluble fiber into your cholesterol-lowering diet. Fiber supplements - which are found in pill and powder form in pharmacies and health stores - may seem like a viable option, but will you get the same benefit from them? This article will show you whether or not fiber supplements are a good alternative to use if you are trying to lower your cholesterol.

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Ways to Include Soy in Your Low-Fat Diet

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Although there isn't a lot of evidence that suggests that consuming soy can directly lower your cholesterol, soy protein is the perfect alternative to animal meats, which could increase your lipid levels. Soy is chock-full of protein and low in fat, making it the perfect go-to ingredient when you want something filling to eat, but will not greatly affect your cholesterol levels. These healthy tips will show you healthy ways to include soy protein in your low cholesterol diet.

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