Nutrient composition of the TLC diet for high cholesterol

The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) cholesterol-reducing diet is based on reducing saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet.1 Here are the recommended amounts of nutrients.

  • Saturated fat: Less than 7% of total calories
  • Polyunsaturated fat: Up to 10% of total calories
  • Monounsaturated fat: Up to 20% of total calories
  • Carbohydrate: 50% to 60% of total calories
  • Fiber: 20 to 30 grams per day
  • Protein: Approximately 15% of total calories
  • Cholesterol: Less than 200 mg per day
  • Total calories: Balance calories taken in and calories burned to keep desirable body weight and prevent weight gain.

Citations

  1. Grundy SM, et al. (2001). Executive summary of the third report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III). JAMA, 285(19): 2486–2497.

Last Updated: July 11, 2008

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