The Cholesterol-Friendly Grocery List

Forget your former throw-whatever-looks-good-into-the-cart approach and bring this list next time you head to the supermarket. Stocking your pantry with these heart healthy choices will set you up for cholesterol-success.

For the cupboard

  • Canned beans, such as black, white, pinto, garbanzo, and kidney.*
  • Dried fruits, such as figs, raisins, prunes, apricots, and dates.
  • Whole wheat flour for baking.
  • Apple sauce for baking.*
  • A good bottle of virgin or extra virgin olive oil.
  • Canola oil.
  • Canned salmon and water-packed tuna.*
  • Canned clams.*
  • Canned sardines.*
  • Canned fruit packed in its own juices or in light syrup.*
  • Quick-cooking or old-fashioned oatmeal, but not the instant kind.
  • Whole grain mix for pancakes and waffles.
  • Cans of chopped tomatoes flavored with herbs, onions, or garlic for tossing with pasta.*
  • Peanut butter (the natural kind, made without hydrogenated oil or added sugar).*
  • Jarred artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and flavorful spreads, all of which can add pizzazz to pasta, rice, couscous, or other grains.*

*Refrigerate after opening

For the fridge

  • Low-fat mayonnaise.
  • Hard, flavorful cheeses like Romano or Parmesan.
  • A sterol-based spread such as Benecol or Take Control, or a margarine free of trans fats (such as Smart Balance).

For the freezer

  • Frozen veggie or soy burgers.
  • Frozen turkey meatballs.
  • Frozen vegetables in bags.
  • Frozen berries.
  • Fillets of frozen fish, not breaded (slip unthawed pieces into simmering poaching liquid for a fast meal).

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