High Cholesterol (TLC) diet

The TLC (or Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2001.

It’s the diet component of greater lifestyle changes including exercise and weight loss. The goal is to lower our LDL cholesterol (or “bad cholesterol”) levels. High cholesterol increases our risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke.

In general, the TLC diet encourages foods with unsaturated fats, lean protein, high fiber, complex carbohydrates and more plant-based foods.

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About This Diet

Foods that are restricted include:
Trans and saturated fats and oils.
Fatty meats and poultry.
High-fat dairy and cheese.

Foods that are maybe OK in some instances include:
Salty foods.
Lean meat and egg yolk.
Reduced-fat dairy and cheese.
Refined grains and cereals.
Refined sugars.
Processed foods.

Foods that are encouraged include:
Fruits and vegetables.
Nuts and seeds.
Whole grain foods.
Fatty fish.
Lean poultry.
Low-fat and fat-free dairy.

Note: Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.


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