Low Cholesterol Diet
The American Heart Association recommends that all children over 2 be on what is called a prudent diet. A prudent diet keeps total fat intake to less than 30% of our calories and it reduces the amount of cholesterol and saturated fats that we consume. To serve a prudent diet in your home, try the following:
- First: Serve more fish, turkey and chicken, since they have less fat than red meats.
- Second: Trim the fat from meats and remove the skin from poultry.
- Third: Avoid the meats with high fat content such as bacon, sausages, and hot dogs.
- Fourth: Limit the number of eggs eaten to 3 or 4 per week.
- Fifth: Use 2% milk instead of whole milk.
- Sixth: Use margarine instead of butter.
In summary, if you're carrying out the majority of these suggestions, you're protecting your child's heart and blood vessels. If you have other questions about a low cholesterol diet, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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