Eating a heart-healthy diet is about limiting your cholesterol. Your body actually makes some cholesterol, the rest comes from food products from animals, such as meats, poultry, shellfish, eggs, butter, cheese and whole milk. Foods containing saturated fats and trans fats can cause your body to make more cholesterol.
Here are some more suggestions from the AHA:
- Eat lean meat. The leanest beef cuts are sirloin, chuck, loin and round. Lean pork cuts include tenderloin or loin chops.
- Remove all visible fat from meat and poultry before cooking. Remove skin from poultry before eating.
- Choose white meat over dark when eating poultry.
- Organ meats, such as liver, sweetbread and kidneys, are high in cholesterol.
- Try to eat at least two servings of fish each week; fish is low in saturated fat.
- Select fat-free, 1 percent and low-fat dairy products.
- Avoid foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
- Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars. Examples of added sugars include sucrose, glucose, fructose, dextrose, corn syrups, concentrated fruit juice and honey.
- Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt.
Finally, learn to read the labels on the products you buy. It can help you make better nutritional decisions. And while your stomach may not like it, your heart will love you. Happy camping!