Top Snack Foods to Avoid on a Low-Cholesterol Diet
If you are on a low cholesterol diet, you should avoid _____________.
Hi, I'm Laureen Wallravin, Certified Nutritional Therapist and founder of RelishedFood.com. I'm here today for About.com to talk about which snack foods to avoid on a low cholesterol diet.If your LDL and cholesterol levels are excessively high, getting your diet in check is the first line of defense. Let's take a closer look at some common snacks to avoid.Vegetables are often some of the healthiest foods to snack on, regardless of whether or not you're on a low cholesterol diet. However, what you put on your veggies can make all the difference. Carrot and celery sticks, or a small salad can make for a great mid-day snacks, but drowning either in high fat dressings can be bad news. If you're trying to lower your cholesterol levels, cutting back on or entirely avoiding ranch dips and dressings is a necessity.A small tapas plate can often be a healthy snack, but be sure to forego any high-fat processed meats. While they may taste good, meats like prosciutto and salami won't help you lower these cholesterol levels. The same goes for sandwiches – you want to avoid meats like bologna and pastrami altogether. Some of the most popular snack foods can also be the worst when it comes to high cholesterol levels. Potato and tortilla chips may be flavorful, but they often contain high levels of saturated and trans fats, which must be heavily reduced, if not eliminated, on low-cholesterol diets. The same goes for that side of fries you're thinking about grabbing for a quick snack.We all love a good dessert, but many of them can derail your efforts to lower your cholesterol levels. Cookies, cakes, and pastries contain a double whammy of bad carbs and high levels of saturated fat, as do ice cream and pudding. If you've got high cholesterol levels, lowering them may seem like a daunting task. The right snack foods in a balanced diet can make all the difference, so be sure to follow the advice of your doctor or your nutritionist.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.