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    My cholesterol is high should i be avoiding avocado?

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    Kate Marsh

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator, Dietitian

    Kate works with clients with type 1 and gestational diabetes, PCOS, and those following a plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) diet. As a diabetes educator, she … View Profile

    To reduce cholesterol you don't need to follow a low fat diet but choose the right types of fats.  This means eating less saturated and trans fats (found in fatty and processed meats, butter, cream, pastries, cakes and biscuits, chips and many other snack foods) and choose more ‘healthy’ fats from foods like nuts, seeds, avocado, fish and olive oil.  So avocado is fine to include and makes a good substitute for butter on toast and sandwiches. 

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    Peta Adams

    Dietitian

    I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian locally born and working within the Riverina.I have a passion for helping people to achieve their nutrition goals, coaching … View Profile

    i fully agree with Kate's recommendations; my questions would be what is the break down of your cholesterol, eg LDL, HDL TC/HDL ratio. This can provide an insight into the nutritional management of your cholesterol. 
    Eating a diet high in refined/nutrient poor carbohydrates such as too much white bread, flours, cakes, biscuits, muesli bars and sweetened beverages can also have an impact on your cholesterol levels.

    Consider swapping these poor carbohydrate chocies for nutrient dense options such as fruit, sweet potato, soy/linseed bread, high fibre cereal with low GI's etc to assist with reducing the effects on your cholesterol.

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