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Subject: Low Cholesterol Cookbook--need recommendation
Date Posted: 1/14/2009 9:25 AM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2007
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Hi all!!  My husband just got back High Cholesterol results.....can someone recommend a good Low Cholesterol Cookbook for me to check out??  I like easy and fast recipes, since we both work full time!

thanks in advance!


Date Posted: 1/16/2009 10:46 AM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2007
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Oh my.....I want through this with DH and had a zillion, most of which I've now dumped, but I'll look.

A couple general hints: Things change fast. Eggs used to be a no-no, now they're good.

Remember about good fats and bad fats. An avacado, for example, is high fat--but good fat, so most docs say it's OK in moderation.

Not every substitution works. Nonfat cheese, for example, won't melt right, and tastes awful, I found it';s better to not even try than to waste your time on any recipe with nonfat dairy products. No, it will NOT be almost the same!

Most of the books just tell you to not do fried things, not use certain types of oils (olive is OK in small amounts); just don't cook things with lots of high-fat ingredients. It's really just common sense---but sometimes it's good to have the book to back you up against complaints....

Diet never worked for DH, and we were religious about it. Now we do use butter and other previously forbidden foods; decided it's better (in moderation) than all the chemicals and sugar in non- and lowfat foods. And his problem got straight with medication; not for everyone, but that's all that worked for him.

That's something else to watch out for---sugar and calories. Many low/nonfat items replace fat with sugar, and you can gain a ton of weight really fast.

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 4:35 PM ET
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Thanks for all the great information!  Yeah my husband is not doing too well with it either.......luckily he doesn't really complain about what I cook!!!  Yeah I've told him to avoid the cheese in general and that is really hard for him...also hard for him is getting in more veggies and fruits....before this he never ate fruit!! 

Subject: Dean Ornish is pretty good.
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 6:10 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2008
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Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease is actually a good place to start. He tells how to do everything from the cooking to the shopping to the eating, and why it's important to do things the way he explains it. The ISBN is 0345373537. Good luck on your search.