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need the help of all chowhounds

rachelhope | Dec 18, 1998 11:52 AM

Yesterday I received the disturbing new that I have
high cholesterol! especially disturbing because I am
only 23, and have always thought of "high cholesterol"
as something that happened to older folks. I am slim
and fairly active, and was unprepared to learn that my
cholesterol level now puts me into the "moderate" risk
category for heart attacks. Okay, here's my question:
I've always scoffed at those scared of butter and
cheese, and happily wolfed down red meats and barbeque,
now I am looking into diets which could lower my
cholesterol and I am confronted with a bewildering
array of contradictory information. The party line, of
course, is that diets high in saturated fats are bad,
bad, bad -- no more sour cream, potato chips,
cheeseburgers, french fries or ice cream for me. But
other reports question this orthodoxy. Some limit the
bad foods to butter and red meat. I'm so confused, and
dread the idea of leaving behind my chowhounding days,
food is one of my greatest pleasures (possibly the
greatest) and I don't want to be Puritanical just to
punish myself. On the other hand I don't want to start
weakening my heart at such a young age, am rather
hoping to live to a ripe 90 years old. Chowhounds,
please help, what do you know of this question? what
have been your experiences? what foods really need to
be renounced? what diet is most effective? how do I
lower my cholesterol without giving up good eating?

Thanks,
Rachelhope

p.s. more regular exercise will accompany any diet
change.

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