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Want to have a cholesterol-free diet? Well, my friend, ditch the meat. There is not one single fruit or vegetable that contains any cholesterol; it is a fact that cholesterol only comes from animal sources. Keep in mind that every time you eat a meatless dish you're doing your body a favor and it will end up thanking you in the long run with better health.
In addition, increasing the amount of oat bran or beans in your diet can drastically decrease cholesterol readings (a daily intake of oat bran that is slightly more than a cup or a daily ingestion of 1/2 cup of cooked beans has been proken to reduce cholesterol by 20 %). Try eating soup cups filled with beans or trying out some great vegetarian chili mixes.
I wanted to add to the benefits of eating more whole grains and bran. I was told by an M.D. that cancer of the colon would be a thing of the past if everyone ate 1/2 cup of 40% bran a day. I am a life long lacto vegetarian and he was not.
I recently (about 4 months ago) became vegan and I love the way I feel. My family has a history of heart disease and obesity and though I've never been overweight, I surely want to prevent these health issues from popping up later.
Thanks for all the great tips!