Q: How can I replace high-cholesterol foods in my diet?
A: You can replace cholesterol culprits from your diet to see your cholesterol levels improve. Try the following substitutes:
The culprit: Butter
Sub in: Banana purée
Banana purée can step in for butter during baking. Butter packs 30mg of cholesterol per teaspoon. Banana purée has 0mg of cholesterol.
The culprit: Ice cream
Sub in: Frozen Greek yogurt
One-half cup serving of ice cream weighs in at 90mg of cholesterol. Try frozen 2% Greek yogurt instead. You’ll still get the rich, creamy texture you’re craving and consume only 10mg of cholesterol.
The culprit: Mayonnaise
Sub in: Avocado slices
Mayonnaise can find its way into many of your favorite foods. But at 5mg of cholesterol per tablespoon, you may want to consider a healthier alternative. Instead, try cholesterol-free avocado slices on your favorite sandwich.
—Dr. Mehmet Oz, Cardiac surgeon at Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital and star of The Dr. Oz Show
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