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The Keys to Conquering Cholesterol

Do's and Don'ts for a Healthy Heart


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  • Much of the information in this article does not apply if you are a diabetic. Diabetics need to eliminate things like bread, rice, pasta, etc for being high carb foods.
  • I am disappointed in the continuation of pushing old ideas based on non-scientific "proof" -- correlations, at best... and most studies are male-oriented.

    New and REAL, proper scientific studies are actually disproving a lot of what you are touting.

    Please, please, PLEASE start looking into updated information!
  • It is impossible to limit your cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams a day. I workout 5-6 days a week, eat a high protein diet, and just a few eggs in my first meal of the day will blow that limit out of the water! So I'm supposed to eat healthy. people say eat chicken, beef, seafood. Guess what they're all loaded with cholesterol! So I don't care what this article is telling you to do. Easier said than done. It won't work. Even the cholesterol lower medications I take don't work. It is hereditary and I'm sick of the blood work telling me it is too high. It is what it is. The only way to keep your cholesterol intake under 300 mg is to starve yourself on a daily basis, and I'm not going that route. Fvck it I have to die someday anyway...
    I have just received an email directing me to read this article - it's now Sept 2016. As others have commented months and months ago, this dietry cholesterol info is out of date yet Spark people are still pushing it. Guess we really are being advised by robots. So long SP, I wil be looking for a site involving humsns in its management.
  • I was going to say the same thing. The amount of cholesterol you eat has nothing to do with your cholesterol level in the blood... the newest and best research shows!
    But the amount of carbs, especially sugar carbs and/or bad fats do. No canola oil.
    Coconut oil, Olive oil, grapeseed oil,,,,, are wonderful!! and animal fat is not bad ......
    yup, the article needs updated for sure.
  • JMB369
    SPARK PEOPLE MANAGERS! This article contains OUTDATED INFORMATION. I have always recommended SP to my friends as a source of good information on nutrition and exercise. But you can't keep recycling the same old aetickes. Research continues and sometimes lead to radical changes in the conclusions. Eggs are okay! Meat fat from organic grass fed animals is okay. Canola oil is not okay. Grains and beans are NOT okay for everyone. Sugar and artificial sweeteners are bigger culprits than healthy fats. Sufficient high quality sleep may be more important to our health than diet and exercise. Please keep us current!
  • DO get some better family genes. What is wrong with you anyway?
  • My mother cooked bacon or pork sausage and eggs (cooked in bacon or sausage grease) for breakfast almost every day, and saved the bacon grease for cooking things like fried chicken and making gravy; she and my father lived to be 95, and were healthy along the way. They grew up in the Depression era on farms, and so were used to eating foods that were close to the source; unprocessed in other words.

    My brother-in-law had such high cholesterol that his doctor wanted to put him on a cholesterol-lowering drug. My sister, who has a lot of knowledge of nutrition, had him start taking psyllium root powder instead, and his numbers went down enough that the doctor said he didn't need the drug.

    Keep your food close to the source: remember the saying that too many cooks spoil the broth. Grow a garden if you can. Get a lot of exercise. And don't worry so much about avoiding fat.
    Cholesterol is ESSENTIAL for brain health and hormone function. 'Bad' HDL cholesterol is not caused by dietary cholesterol, but actually a result of high insulin response in those with a high sugar/carbohydrate diet (that includes whole grains!). Not only do healthy fats like olive, coconut and avocado oil NOT make you fat, they can actually help you lose weight by easing the transition away from sugary foods in order to lower blood sugar levels and inflammation, as well as promote satiety. Canola, and other vegetable oils have been proven to be less healthy due to their exposure to pesticides and their tendency to go rancid before they've even made it to the supermarket.
    Very disappointed in some of the outdated nutrition information given out here sometimes...
  • MAMAMASON 64 my mother had incredible results but cooking oatmeal muffins bought her cholesterol levels way down
  • It is widely known now that dietary cholesterol is not the problem, it is carbs, ie sugars that are the problem.
  • Dietary cholesterol and dietary fat do not raise the cholesterol levels. This was affirmed with a publication 1-2 months ago, and finally recognized by the USDA. Dietary processed carbohydrates have been shown to raise average blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol. Dietary sugar is toxic. A diet centered around whole foods: ( did it grow that way, get picked that way, get fished that way, or come from the butcher that way, and by the way, if animal protein, is it 100% grass fed and finished?), is most likely the better way to go.
    Having just survived a heart attack, I would advise anyone reading this article to consult their cardiologist or physician for suggested amounts of cholesterol, sodium, etc to include in your diet. I would also not agree with everyone who posted here who says that dietary cholesterol may not be so bad. While that may be true for some people, those most at risk for heart attacks need to be aware of everything they can do to avoid a heart attack, and limiting dietary cholesterol is one of them. Knowledge is power here folks, and though it sounds nice to hear encouragement that it's fine to go crazy and eat all the fats you want, that's simply not true, and not good for our hearts or our waistlines.
  • My cholesterol has always been normal. I think I must've lost my weight before having to worry about that.
  • I had high cholesterol (hello genetics and horrific lifestyle choices), and I am allergic to all cholesterol lowering medications. Faced with zero other options, I truly embarked on the train to wellness. Prior to this, I had lost some weight, tweaked my diet some, and went to yoga three times a week. Popping a statin was the primary way I brought my cholesterol down and kept all my numbers in line. Realization finally hit that I will forever be the only way numbers to keep my numbers in line. Reeducation on diet was clutch...I am not a vegetarian, but I eat so much fish, chicken, and turkey that I swear I might grow feathers, cluck, and breathe through gills. Adding fiber was key, especially the water soluble kinds...oatmeal (sometimes in the form of Cheerios), and ground milled flaxseeds are staples. Lastly, exercise has become significantly different. Heart pounding cardio (I have fake knees and am mindful of impact) and strength training are regularly part of my workouts. One day I just decided no more excuses, bad attitude, nor ignorance on the subject matter...I haven't looked back, nor am I what I once was. I do not remotely look or feel like the same person, and my "numbers" (excluding BMI, still working on that one) are terrific. It didn't happen overnight, yet this will be how I live for the rest of my life.

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