Choose your low-colesteral, heart-healthy diet
To get the nutrients you need, you have to eat a variety of foods from the different food groups. After determining your dietary goals wrth your doctor;adjust the number and size of portions to reach and stay at your healthy body weight.
 
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Meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish
  (up to 6 ounces/day)
Lean cuts of meat with fat trimmed, chicken and turkey without skin, fish Shellfish "Prime"-grade fatty cuts of meat, goose, duck, liver, kidneys, sausage, bacon, regular luncheon meats, hot dogs
Dairy products (2 or more servings/day; 3-4 for pregnant or breastfeeding women) Skim milk, I % fat milk, low-fat buttermilk, evaporated skim milk, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, cheeses with no more than 3 grams of fat per ounce 2% fat milk, yogurt, part-skim ricotta, part- skim or imitation hard cheeses (like part-skim milk mozzarella), "lite" cream cheese, "lite" sour cream Whole milk, cream, half-and-half, imitation milk products, whipped cream, custard-style yogurt, whole-milk ricotta, hard cheeses (like Swiss, American, cheddar, muenster), cream cheese, sour cream
Eggs Egg whites, cholesterol-free egg substitutes Egg yolks (3-4/week)
Fats and oils (approximately 5-8 teaspoons/day) Corn, olive, canola, safflower, sesame, soybean and sunflower oils; margarine that has liquid vegetable oil as the first listed ingredient and <2 grams of saturated fat per serving Nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, peanut oil Saturated fat, butter, lard, bacon fat, coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils
Breads, cereals, pasta, rice, dried peas, and beans (6 or more servings/day) Most breads, water bagels, English muffins, rice cakes, low-fat crackers (like matzo, bread sticks, rye crisps, saltines); hot and cold cereals; spaghetti, macaroni, noodles, and any grain rice; dried peas and beans; plain baked potato  Store-bought pancakes, waffles, biscuits, muffins, and cornbread Croissants, sweet rolls, danish, doughnuts, and crackers made with saturated oils; granola-type cereals made with saturated oils; egg noodles, pasta, and rice prepared with cream, butter, or cheese sauces; scalloped potato
Fruits and vegetables (5 or more servings/day) Fresh, frozen, or dried fruits; canned fruits (watch sodium content) Canned fruit in heavy syrup Coconut, vegetables prepared in butter, cream, or sauce
Snacks (in very limited amounts) Sherbet, sorbet, Italian ice, low-fat frozen yogurt, popsicles, angel food cake, fig bars, gingersnaps, low-fat jelly beans and hard candy, plain popcorn, pretzels, fruit juices, tea, coffee  Ice milk, fruit crisps and cobblers, homemade cakes, cookies and pies prepared with unsaturated oils  Ice cream, frozen tofu, candy, chocolate, potato chips, buttered popcorn, milkshakes, frappes, floats, eggnog, store- bought pies, most store- bought frosted and pound cakes