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TLC Diet - a diet for high cholesterol heart disease recommended by AHA

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(HealthCastle.com) The TLC diet was introduced in May 2001 when the National Cholesterol Education Program NCEP released new diet guidelines for people with high cholesterol and risks of heart disease. The American Heart Association AHA accepted and endorsed this report and began incorporating these recommendations into its materials on dietary and lifestyle change for people with high blood cholesterol. For people at high risk or who have known cardiovascular disease, NCEP and AHA now recommend the new Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes TLC diet to replace the "old" Step 1 and Step 2 diets.

Summary of the TLC Diet for High Cholesterol

Total Fat 25% - 25% total calories
Saturated fat < 7% total calories
Polyunsaturated fat up to 10% total calories
Monounsaturated fat up to 20% total calories
Carbohydrates 50% - 60% total calories
Protein ~15% total calories
Cholesterol <200 mg/dL
Plant Sterols 2g
Soluble Fiber such as psyllium 10g - 25g

Examples of food in the TLC Diet

Lean Meat/Fish/alternatives < 5 oz/day
Eggs < 2 yolks/wk (whites unlimited)
Low Fat Dairy 2 - 3 servings/day (<1% fat)
Fats/Oils < 6 - 8 tsp/day
Grains especially whole grains >6 servings
Vegetables 3 - 5 servings/day
Fruits 2 - 4 servings/day


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