Eating Meat When You Have High Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, you should talk with your doctor about what you eat, including meat.

There are good, lean choices. For example, you can consider chicken or turkey breasts without skin; pork tenderloin; or beef round, sirloin, or tenderloin.

Check the nutrition label on the package to be sure the meat is 96% to 98% fat-free. Also, limit your serving size according to your doctor's instructions. Or follow the TLC diet recommendations of no more than 5 ounces total per day of lean meat, poultry, or fish.

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish with omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week. Doing so can lower your risk of dying from coronary artery disease. Fish higher in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna, and herring.

Other healthy protein alternatives include dried beans and peas, nuts and seeds, low-fat dairy products, and soy products. Protein does not have to come from meat.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on July 26, 2016

Sources

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Eat Heart Smart: Eating Foods Lower in Saturated Fats and Cholesterol," "Your Guide to Lowering Blood Cholesterol with TLC."

American Heart Association: "Meat, Poultry, Fish."

National Cholesterol Education Program: "High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know."

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