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I need a heart-healthy diet. Not necessarily for weight loss, but to reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol. Weight is not an issue with me, but my diet may become an issue.

The American Heart Association is an excellent resource for information on how to lower your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Also, check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

The best way to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease is to consume more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Cholesterol comes only from animal products, so consume approximately 6 ounces a day and choose leaner cuts of meat, fish and chicken. Eat foods with soluble fiber, such as apples and other fruit, oatmeal and beans. Reduce your intake of saturated fat (chocolate, bacon, cream cheese, butter, sour cream) and trans fats (store-bought baked goods).

These are some basic tips for a heart-healthy diet. But also be sure to get regular exercise.

Nutrition counseling services are available at several BJC facilities including:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

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