Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Atherosclerosis Diet

A healthy diet for those who have atherosclerosis includes:

  • Limit total fat intake to 20 to 25% of your total calories:
    • Less than 7% of the day's total calories from saturated fat
    • Up to 10% of the day's total calories from polyunsaturated fat
    • Up to 20% of the day's total calories from monounsaturated fat
  • No more than 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day
  • Do not overeat. Follow a diet that meets the number of calories recommended by your doctor or dietician.
  • No more than 6 grams of salt per day: your doctor may advise you to restrict your intake of salt to 2 grams per day if you have congestive heart failure or high blood pressure
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Eat more complex carbohydrates, such as starch and fiber
    • Whole grains
    • Brown rice
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Bran
    • Barley
    • Oats
    • Legumes
  • Do not take iron supplements unless directed to do so by your doctor.
  • Avoid fad diets.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking B vitamins. Some people may benefit from these supplements.

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Last Updated: Jul 6, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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