As long as you eat in and you are in full control of what you eat, following a diet low in cholesterol is quite easy: today our daily intake was 104 mg cholesterol from pork meat.
You notice that the only food that contains cholesterol today is pork meat. With a recommended daily intake of 200 mg (to lower the bad LDL), we still have 96 mg of cholesterol to "work with". The basic rule of thumb in this diet is keeping meat and diary products to a minimum but still being able to enjoy a delicious and filling meal.
You could take it the extra mile like Bill Clinton, who went vegan after his stent surgery in 2010 (he also had a quadruple bypass surgery in 2004). Bill loved to eat hamburgers, junk food and BBQ. We already stopped eating junk food and industrial produced "meat products" a long time ago in our home cooked meals, yet still our LDL cholesterol is to high. We do love to make our own hamburger from a piece of meat that we chop by hand and we keep the meat portions small. Do you really need to eat a triple burger? I don’t think so 🙂
Our aim is to again incorporate eggs in our diet. A small 40 gram white egg contains 150 mg cholesterol, according to the eggs and cholesterol website. Still 54 grams to much for our diet, but no problem to incorporate in a recommended 300 mg cholesterol diet to maintain a LDL status quo.
For breakfast the usual oats in almond milk.
For lunch, Japanese flat noodles fried with mixed veggies and a bit of pork meat. Per person 38 mg cholesterol from 45 grams (1.6 oz) of meat.
For dinner humongous pork kebabs… or so it looks. Threading thick pieces of sweet pepper in between the meat, makes the kebabs look much bigger than meat only or meat with a thin slice of onion in between. All in all only 75 mg (2.6 oz) of pork meat chunks on each skewer, which results on 66 mg cholesterol.
Served with pieces of a French loaf, brushed with olive oil and mashed garlic and roasted a few minutes in the oven.
Total cholesterol intake today: about 104 mg
- breakfast: 0 mg
- lunch: 38 mg from pork meat
- dinner: 66 mg from pork meatballs