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Tuna
Feb 5, 2004
I've been wondering if tuna is okay. The label says it has 30 mg of cholesterol. But I'm not eating any other kind of meat, don't tolerate soy very well and figured I probably need to get some protein from somewhere. I like peanut butter but only Peter Pan(don't like the natural stuff) and have heard it isn't good for you.
I used to eat alot of tuna and eventually stopped(I was feeding it to my cat and it started to smell too much like cat food, which BTW is bad for a cats urinary tract system). I like tuna though.
Anyway, does anyone know where tuna stands? Good? Bad? What?
What about Salmon? Other fish?
Re: Tuna
Feb 5, 2004
Tuna and salmon are both excellent foods because of their high Omega-3 oil content.
Of course the fresh is better (in every conceivable way) than the canned ...but then what's new?
Enjoy it and ignore the dietary cholesterol; it really hasn't been much of a concern for a decade or two. I hope youn don't have to fight off kitty every time you open a can!
Re: Tuna
Feb 6, 2004
Hello, I agree, but make sure your tuna is packed in water and not oil. I also have found that solid white tuna has less of a fishy taste than chunk tuna. You can also get protein from haddock, flounder, and catfish, which are almost fat free.

As for tofu...You might want to visit a local Chinese grocer, if you have one. You haven't lived until you see what they can do with tofu. Some of it tastes like beef! By-the-way, please don't eat your tofu raw. It really tastes better and is safer fully cooked. Also, I don't like that mushy soft tofu the American grocers call silken tofu. The firm, extra firm, or dried is the best.

Another idea for protein is an egg. You should be able to have one egg per week. Egg whites are never a problem...Eggbeaters are nothing more than salted eggwhites with food coloring added. The egg white also has protein. The yolk has lutein, which is good for you.

Then there just eating unadultrated, roasted nuts. Yep, a few almonds and walnuts are ok as long as you don't over do them. The natural oil in the nuts is supposed to be good for you just like olive oil is.

Beans are another choice for protein and so are dairy products that are made with skim milk.

So if you don't want to deal with meat, you don't have to. There's Dr. Dean Ornish's diet and Dr. Gabe Mirkin for you to choose from. Just type them into a search engine to see what thier diets are about. Both are into working with heart patients and lowering cholesterol. There's also Dr. Weil and Garry Null.
Re: Tuna
Feb 6, 2004
Nope Zip, I don't have to fight off my cat. I have another cat now and he doesn't like canned human tuna. He'd have to be starving to eat human tuna. He only likes fancy feast tuna.

Mag, my weakness is chicken. I like beef occasionally.
I'm not much into any kind of soy products. It upsets my stomach. I don't know about tofu. Is it made with soy?
I tried some veggie cheese. It's okay but it's probably not something I'll buy again. I did find some fat free feta cheese. I don't know why they can't make all cheese fat free.
I've always been a junk food fanatic and until recently it didn't affect me. I always took it in spells though. I'd spend a month or two eating all the junk food I wanted then I'd quit and eat healthier.
My only healthy weaknesses are tuna(in water), salmon, salad with fat free dressing, baked potatoes, vegetarian soup, whole grains, fruit(just about any kind) and one or two cooked vegetables.
My Dad can eat anything he wants(no matter how bad it is) and his cholesterol is good. But he eats nuts, lecithin, flax seed oil, niacin and whatever else his health books say is good for cholesterol. I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not.

I don't care much for catfish(and certainly not baked) but I like fresh salmon, halibut. I like eggs okay but only the yolks and only boiled.

I've never seen fresh tuna in the store.
Re: Tuna
Feb 7, 2004
I eat a lot of beans for fiber and protein. I have high cholesterol too (ttl 335/ ldl 225) since I have done the low fat high protein it has dropped . I do not eat cheese or red meats or eggs. I have not had an egg in over 3 years. i am diabetic with hbp and high cholesterol. A year ago i was a sad case. Today 47 lbs later I must say I am doing so much better. I still have alot more to lose, but I know with smaller portions and better choices I will lost the remaining 48 lbs by summer. DID YOU KNOW EXERCISE ALSO LOWERS CHOLESTEROL....I didn't.
Re: Tuna
Feb 10, 2004
Hello Rachel, You mentioned that your weakness is chicken, and you do eat beef occationally. I have found that I can keep my cholesterol down and still have certain meats too. There is a trick to it. Chicken is ok as long as it is the white meat without the skin. I know...the skin does taste so good and some people love the dark meat, but it's evil. That's were all the fat is and why people sing the praises of skinless chicken breasts. (I do find that I can cheat once per month or 2 months as long as it is just for one meal and not all day.) Beef and pork are also ok as long as the label reads "loin" or "round." Absolutely no "chuck" which is cheap and fatty. (Remeber though, you don't want to be eating red meat everyday.) There are also meats that are 95% fat free and really aren't that bad. I try to limit my meat intake to 0-1 time per day by substituting fish or vegetarian meals for the meatless meals. (Ex: BKf.-Coffie, toast with very low-fat or no-fat spread, and fruit...Morning Snack - Low-fat granola bar...Lunch - Flavored seltzer water, turkey bacon sandwich with romaine lettuce, baked torilla chips or fat-free chips, and fruit or raw vegie...Super - Water, pasta with tomato sauce, and salad...Night Snack - popcorn) Keep in mind to stay away from trans fats, which are really bad. That means that I read a lot of labels to make sure my foods do not have trans fats. (You can get granola bars and chips without trans fats.)

Cooking is another thing to be care with. Everything that is cooked should be baked, broiled, or boiled. It you must fry, then stir fry which uses a lot less oil. (Just enough to coat the pan to keep things from sticking.) Keep to olive oil or canola oil. Save the lard and butter for special occations.

Keep everything to single servings except for vegies and fruit. One serving of meat or fish is the size of your palm. Starches are the size of your fist.

Exercise any way you can and find something you enjoy doing...walking, biking, aerobics, hiking, etc.

You mentioned that your father is ok, so are you saying that your problem may not be from your genes? Just a guess, which may be wrong. So please, do not take it as an insult. If you are overweight, then the best thing you can do for your body and cholesterol is to loose weight. In that case you'll need to find a diet that will work for you. When you loose weight, your cholesterol will go down too. Another idea is that certain medications can cause high cholesterol.
Re: Tuna
Feb 16, 2004
I may be wrong but I think the cholesterol content of food is much less important than the fat content. I have researched this before. So tuna at 30 mgs of cholesterl but low in bad fats should pose no problems whatsoever. Just stay clear of bad fats. There are good fats that you should not worry about consuming ie., those in fish, olive oil, nuts, avocodos, flax oil, etc.
Re: Tuna
Feb 19, 2004
Dietary cholesterol intake has very little to do with the cholesterol in your blood. Your liver produces over 2000 MG of cholesterol a day and like a thermostat, it produces less or more, depending on how much you eat.
This is all stuff our doctors should know. The proof is out there. Tuna is very healthy for other reasons, from everything I've read. Cholesterol is the very last thing to consider.






[QUOTE=rachelh69]I've been wondering if tuna is okay. The label says it has 30 mg of cholesterol. But I'm not eating any other kind of meat, don't tolerate soy very well and figured I probably need to get some protein from somewhere. I like peanut butter but only Peter Pan(don't like the natural stuff) and have heard it isn't good for you.
I used to eat alot of tuna and eventually stopped(I was feeding it to my cat and it started to smell too much like cat food, which BTW is bad for a cats urinary tract system). I like tuna though.
Anyway, does anyone know where tuna stands? Good? Bad? What?
What about Salmon? Other fish?[/QUOTE]
Re: Tuna
Feb 19, 2004
I disagree. The more fat you eat, the more cholesterol is metabolized by your liver. Increasing your fat-intake normally has very little effect on your cholesterol level. The idea that fattening meats are bad for people is a fading myth. People that crave rich, red fatty meats should feel free to have plenty of it in their diets. I used to choke on white, dry chicken when I believed in the diet-heart myth and I constantly had swallowing and esophagul problems. Now I eat moderate amounts of the fattening meats I like and have never felt better..and it has not made one iota of difference in my cholesterol readings - not that I would care anyway. My theory on diet is variety. You need moderate amounts of everything.. Red meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits, nuts..The more variety you get in your diet, the more worthwhile vitamins and minerals you are likely to absorb. Other than unnatural foods and chemicals, there is not much bad you can put into your body..Just my opinion, by the way.







[QUOTE=Magpiezoe]Hello Rachel, You mentioned that your weakness is chicken, and you do eat beef occationally. I have found that I can keep my cholesterol down and still have certain meats too. There is a trick to it. Chicken is ok as long as it is the white meat without the skin. I know...the skin does taste so good and some people love the dark meat, but it's evil. That's were all the fat is and why people sing the praises of skinless chicken breasts. (I do find that I can cheat once per month or 2 months as long as it is just for one meal and not all day.) Beef and pork are also ok as long as the label reads "loin" or "round." Absolutely no "chuck" which is cheap and fatty. (Remeber though, you don't want to be eating red meat everyday.) There are also meats that are 95% fat free and really aren't that bad. I try to limit my meat intake to 0-1 time per day by substituting fish or vegetarian meals for the meatless meals. (Ex: BKf.-Coffie, toast with very low-fat or no-fat spread, and fruit...Morning Snack - Low-fat granola bar...Lunch - Flavored seltzer water, turkey bacon sandwich with romaine lettuce, baked torilla chips or fat-free chips, and fruit or raw vegie...Super - Water, pasta with tomato sauce, and salad...Night Snack - popcorn) Keep in mind to stay away from trans fats, which are really bad. That means that I read a lot of labels to make sure my foods do not have trans fats. (You can get granola bars and chips without trans fats.)

Cooking is another thing to be care with. Everything that is cooked should be baked, broiled, or boiled. It you must fry, then stir fry which uses a lot less oil. (Just enough to coat the pan to keep things from sticking.) Keep to olive oil or canola oil. Save the lard and butter for special occations.

Keep everything to single servings except for vegies and fruit. One serving of meat or fish is the size of your palm. Starches are the size of your fist.

Exercise any way you can and find something you enjoy doing...walking, biking, aerobics, hiking, etc.

You mentioned that your father is ok, so are you saying that your problem may not be from your genes? Just a guess, which may be wrong. So please, do not take it as an insult. If you are overweight, then the best thing you can do for your body and cholesterol is to loose weight. In that case you'll need to find a diet that will work for you. When you loose weight, your cholesterol will go down too. Another idea is that certain medications can cause high cholesterol.[/QUOTE]





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