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MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Diets


The low fat / low cholesterol diets are designed to reduce serum lipids for the treatment and prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD). It is believed, and recent studies support the idea, that lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood will prevent the formation of fatty plaques found in the thickening of the artery walls, known as atherosclerosis.

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MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: High Cholesterol


Foods high in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol are controlled. Total cholesterol intake is restricted. Limited amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are used as replacements for saturated fats. Calories need to be adjusted to achieve or maintain desired body weight. Lean meat, fish, skinless poultry, non- or lowfat dairy products are included. Fatty meat, organ meats, egg yolks and cheese are limited. Foods high in complex carbohydrates and fiber such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain products and legumes are emphasized.


The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Guidelines indicate that a serum total cholesterol should be measured in all adults over the age of 20 at least once every 5 years. Levels below 200 mg/dL are classified as "desirable blood cholesterol", those 200 to 239 mg/dL as "borderline high cholesterol" and those 240 mg/dL as "high blood cholesterol."

Dietary treatments is the primary treatments for elevated serum cholesterol. The goals of therapy are to reduce serum cholesterol to less than 200 mg/dL and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) to less than 130 mg/dL for people with other heart disease risk factors and to 160 mg/dL for clients with no other risk factors. Another goal of therapy is to maintain a nutritionally adequate eating pattern.


Total Fat
Less than 30% of Total Calories
Saturated Fat
Less than 10% of Total Calories
Polyunsaturated Fat
Up to 10% of Total Calories
Monounsaturated Fat
10 to 15% of Total Calories
50 to 60% of Total Calories
10 to 20% of Total Calories
Less than 300 mg
Total Calories
To achieve and maintain desirable weight

Cholesterol is found only in animal products. Saturated fats are often solid at room temperature and are usually found in animal products, such as meats, poultry, butter, cheese and ice cream. Plant sources of saturated fats include palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil. Monounsaturated fats are found in products, such as olive oil, peanuts, flaxseed oil and canola (rapeseed) oil. Polyunsaturated fats are usually liquid at room temperature and are found in safflower, sunflower, corn, soybean and cottonseed oils.

Along with cholesterol testing, all adults should be evaluated for other CHD risk factors such as hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus and obesity.

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Milk & Dairy
(Limit to 2 to 4 servings a day)

Skim (nonfat) or 1 percent fat milk (liquid, powdered, evaporated), nonfat or low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese (2 percent fat or less), low-fat cheese (labeled 6 grams of fat or less per ounce); non-fat sour cream; non-fat cream cheese.

Whole milk (4 percent fat) (liquid, evaporated, condensed), 2 percent milk, cream, half and half, imitation milk products, most non-dairy creamers, whipped toppings, whole milk yogurt, regular cottage cheese (4 percent fat), natural cheeses made from whole milk (cheddar, Swiss, blue, Camembert, etc.), cream cheese, goat's milk cheese, sour cream, low-fat cream cheese, low-fat sour cream. NOTE: If 2 percent milk is used, decrease added fat by 1 teaspoon for each cup of milk.
Meats & Meat Substitutes
(Limit to 5 ounces a day from animal products; limit to 4 egg yolks a week)

Dried beans, split peas, lentils, pinto beans cooked without salt, poultry without the skin, fish, tuna packed in water, lean beef (extra lean ground beef, eye of round, sirloin, round tip, round, top round, tenderloin, top loin), lean pork (fresh not cured, tenderloin, leg, shoulder), lamb (arm, leg, loin, rib), shrimp or lobster (limit 3 ounces per week), luncheon meats (1 gram fat or less per ounce), egg whites (2 egg whites equals 1 whole egg), low cholesterol egg substitutes.

Fried meats or meat substitutes, fatty cuts of beef, pork, lamb, goose, duck, liver, kidney, brains, or other organ meats, hot dogs, sausage, bacon, regular luncheon meats, peanut butter, egg yolks.
Breads & Grains
(6 to 11 servings a day)

Whole-grain breads (oatmeal, whole wheat, rye, bran, multigrain, etc.), rice, pasta, homemade baked goods low in fat, low fat crackers (ricecakes, popcorn cakes, Rye Krisp, melba toast, pretzels, breadsticks), hot or cold cereals (with 1 to 2 grams of fat or less per serving).

High fat baked goods (pies, cakes, doughnuts, croissants, pastries, muffins, biscuits), high fat crackers, egg noodles, granola type cereals, cereals with more than 2 grams of fat per serving, pasta and rice prepared with cream, butter, or cheese sauces.
(3 to 5 servings per day or more.)

Any fresh, frozen, canned, dried.

Vegetables prepared in butter, cream or other sauces, fried vegetables.
(4 servings per day or more)

Any fresh, frozen, dried, canned.

Coconuts, avocados, and olives except as allowed under Miscellaneous Foods.
Desserts & Sweets
(Limit to control calories)

Sugar, jelly, jam, honey, molasses, low-fat frozen desserts (sherbet, sorbet, ices, nonfat frozen yogurt, popsicles), angel food cake, low fat cakes and cookies (vanilla wafers, graham crackers, ginger snaps), baking cocoa, low-fat candy (jelly beans, hard candy).

Ice cream, high fat cakes, pies and cookies (most commercially made), chocolate.

Juices, tea, coffee, decaffeinated coffee, carbonated drinks, most alcoholic beverages.

Milkshakes, ice cream floats, eggnog, alcoholic beverages containing milk, cream or coconut, commercially softened water as beverage or in food preparation.
Miscellaneous Foods

Limit fat based on total number of calories consumed. Generally no more than 6 to 8 servings per day of added fat such as margarine and salad dressing should be eaten; overweight, sedentary or elderly individuals may need less. Limit (1 teaspoon per serving), Unsaturated vegetable oils (corn, olive, canola, safflower, sesame, soybean, sunflower), margarine or shortening made from unsaturated vegetable oils, mayonnaise and salad dressings made from unsaturated oils (1 tablespoon), diet margarine (2 teaspoons), avocado (1/8 medium or 2 tablespoons); salt-free seeds and nuts (1 tablespoon seeds, 6 almonds, 20 small peanuts); salt free peanut butter.

No Limit: Vegetable oil sprays, fat-free salad dressings, fat-free sour cream, herbs, spices, pepper, salt substitute with health care provider's approval, mustard, vinegar, lemon and lime juice, cream sauces made with allowed ingredients.

Butter, coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, lard, bacon fat, salad dressings made with egg yolk, fried snack foods (potato chips, cheese curls, tortilla chips), olives, avocados, regular cream sauces, salt, garlic salt, celery salt, onion salt, seasoned salt.



Fruit Juice
Meat / Meat Substitute

Grapefruit Half
Bran Flakes
Low Cholesterol Egg Substitute
2 slices Whole Wheat Toast
1 cup 1% Milk*

Meat / Meat Substitute
Potato / Potato Substitute
Vegetable and / or Salad
Bread - Margarine

3 ounces Fat-free Chicken Breast
Fat-free Sweet Potato
Fat-free Green Beans
Whole Wheat Bread, Margarine*
Iced Tea

Soup or Juice
Meat / Meat Substitute
Potato / Potato Substitute
Vegetable and / or Salad

1/2 cup Vegetable Juice
3 ounces Fat-free Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Fat-free Broccoli
Garlic Bread, 1 teaspoon Margarine*
Fruit Sorbet
1 cup 1% Milk*
Coffee or Tea

* To reduce the fat in your diet, omit margarine, use non-fat salad dressing.


  • Calories
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrate
  • Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Thiamin
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Sodium
  • Potassium

  • 1781 Kcal
  • 97 gm
  • 255 gm
  • 62 gm
  • 132 mg
  • 42 gm
  • 2885 IU
  • 248 mg
  • 39 mg
  • 2.8 mg
  • 2.5 mg
  • 589 mcg
  • 888 mg
  • 2111 mg
  • 20 mg
  • 23 mg
  • 2803 mg
  • 4579 mg

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    Tamanu Oil
    Vitamin E Oil
    Wheat Germ Oil


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