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Great diets for low cholesterol

Each year, U.S. News rates the top diets in various categories. Two diets that consistently make various lists are the DASH and TLC diets. Both are considered great diets for people who want to lower cholesterol or blood pressure.

Of the two diets, I favor the TLC diet because it is simpler. TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, and there are basically three main things you need to do in order to follow the diet.

1. Saturated fat should make up no more than 7% of your total calories. Keep in mind, each gram of fat contains 9 calories. To figure out how many grams of saturated fat you can have, first calculate the number of calories of saturated fat you're allowed to have, and divide that number by 9.

2. Keep cholesterol below 200 mg a day. This isn't too hard if you cut out red meat and switch over to white meats like chicken and turkey. Also, use egg beaters or egg whites instead of regular eggs. 

3. Get less than 2300 mg of sodium. This is perhaps the hardest guideline to meet, since so many foods today are high in sodium. Try eating out less, since most restaurants use lots of sodium in their meals.

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