Q. Kindly advise a diet to lower cholesterol.

Answered by
Dr. Swapan Banerjee
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This is a premium question & answer published on May 21, 2016 and last reviewed on: Mar 07, 2020

Hi doctor,

I am 26 years old. I just found out that I have high cholesterol. My doctors advised me to change my diet. But, they did not give any suggestions other than to avoid fast food and fatty food. My issue is that my diet option is already limited due to my food allergies (strawberries, melons and shellfish). Also I am suffering from Crohn's disease. Kindly help with my diet.



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  • Now your diet for two months under observation should be bland diet. A bland diet is a diet consisting of foods that are generally soft, low in dietary fiber, cooked rather than raw and not spicy.
  • Fried and fatty foods, strong cheeses, whole grains (rich in fiber) and the medications Aspirin and Ibuprofen are also should be avoided while on this diet.
  • Avoid all raw foods including raw vegetables. Also avoid fruits like apple, pear and guava. Add soft fruits like papaya, banana, litchi and similar. Please check if not allergy and can have similar types.
  • So, better you make soft, well cooked or sometimes semi-cooked when needed as per foods and meal plans at home.
  • No fiber rich foods like whole wheat grains, multigrains roti, etc., and semolina should be without oil or fried.
  • Cooking oil must be PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) like olive oil and sunflower or white oil. Should take only two teaspoons for a whole day or less.
  • No transfats and saturated fats which are rich in all junk, fast, spicy, fatty and cream based foods. No outside or street food.
  • Also for a few months do not add butter, ghee, margarine, cheese, paneer, coconut or other oils as mentioned already.
  • Eat very less organic foods but more vegetables or plant based meals like vegan diet. Avoid egg, chicken, all sea foods and lean or red meat.
  • More addition of soft green vegetables like bottle gourd, bitter gourd will help. Add less potato, cabbage, cauliflower, local greens or all greens. Too hard or rough skin vegetables should be avoided.
  • Stop alcohol, also should not have soft drinks, coffee, cola products, soda water, etc. Better can have a cream cracker biscuit with a cup of green tea.
  • With all meals take some green salad, vegetables stew or soup. You should add spices like hot spices, red chillies, cardamom, but only green chillies, some salt, raw turmeric, no hot masalas, very less oil, etc.
  • Sometimes you can also have fruit salad in the afternoon or mid morning, mixed pulses and some soup with meals.
  • Avoid sugar and rich sugar products as well as refined sugar.
  • Avoid stress and try to get minimum 8 hours sleep daily.
  • You must get a personalized well balanced diet plans by an expert dietician after physical evaluation for your weight and rest all complication as I covered most parts here. Although lot of things yet to add here and you can just initially start following all these.

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