Should I focus on lowering my dietary cholesterol or saturated fat?

Reducing the amount of trans and saturated fats in your diet is the most effective way to

decrease cholesterol. Limiting high-fat meats, selecting nonfat or low-fat dairy

products, and staying away from butter and margarine all contribute to maintaining

normal cholesterol levels. Furthermore, a diet rich in fiber—especially soluble

fiber—can dramatically reduce cholesterol levels. Losing weight can also play a significant

role in your total cholesterol-lowering plan, which should also keep your triglycerides low.

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