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Do High Carbohydrate Diets Increase Cholesterol levels??

Our doctor told my dad to start cutting back on cholesterol and saturated fat in his diet, but he didn t mention anything about cutting back on carbs in his diet. And since he has virtually eliminated cholesterol/saturated fat containing food, his only source of energy is carbohydrates (beans, rice, potato,bread). Then I was shocked to read in some places online that diets that have 60percent or more carbs can raise cholesterol levels. I hope this isn t true. It s pathetic enough to see him give up his favorite foods (meat, doughnuts, etc) and if he can t even eat potatos and bread. What do you think about this? Did your doctor tell you to cut back on carbs?
Tue, 23 Aug 2011
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Hi Indu,
Welcome to HCM,
Diet does not mean cutting down the quantity of food its quality of food u take,
for high cholesterol the food habit should be balanced diet containing more protein and less carbho and fat. Yes more carb increases the cholesterol level but body needs carb u cant stop it completely, so u have to balance all the macro nutrients that is protein carb and fat, body needs all these but quantity and quality matters.

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Low carb diets continue to get such a bad rap, when most research points to a much improved result in labs. If you go to the Atkins website, you can find all kinds of articles, with proper citation, explaining how well a low carb diet actually works to improve blood levels. If you can find a copy of one of Atkins' books they are very informative. Sad to say though: Donuts are still out...
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