LOW-FAT LOW-CHOLESTEROL DIETS
Review by Barb & Ron Kroll
Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook - delicious recipes to help lower your cholesterol
(Clarkson Potter) ISBN 978-0307587558 030758755X
People on low-fat diets and low-cholesterol diets will find more than 300 heart-healthy recipes in this American Heart Association cookbook.
The heart-healthy meals are easy to make, tasty and suitable for the entire family. Nutrition tips provide advice on low-fat snacks, ways to adapt recipes for a heathy-heart diet plan and information on controlling high cholesterol.
The reduced fat and cholesterol recipes in this 376-page cookbook are organized by meal course. Each chapter, from heart-healthy snacks to main dishes and low-fat desserts, begins with a recipe index.
Recipe introductions provide information on low-fat cooking and low-cholesterol diet foods. In the introduction to Boston citrus salad, one of several low-fat salad recipes, AHA suggests using orange flower water to add an aromatic orange flavor.
A per serving nutrition analysis lists calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans-fat, polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates and protein. The diabetic-friendly recipes also include dietary exchanges.
Cook's Tips provide culinary advice, such as how to make your own five spice powder.
Other than color photos, by Ben Fink, on the front and back covers, the AHA Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook contains no photographs.
The new AHA cookbook gives readers tips on following heart-healthy diets, e.g., increase intake of soluble fiber, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. The low-fat cookbook also offers advice on making lifestyle changes, interpreting the meaning of high cholesterol numbers and controlling high cholesterol.
Healthy Hints sidebars provide diet advice, such as using cooking sprays instead of butter or oil. A chart helps you identify which foods are high in saturated fat and cholesterol (e.g., cheese) and high in trans-fat (e.g., partially hydrogenated vegetable oil).
Another chart explains food package labels. You learn how much fat is in foods that are fat-free (less than 0.5 grams fat), low saturated fat (one gram or less), low fat (three grams or less), reduced fat (25% less than the regular version) and light (half the fat).
Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook also gives food substitutions to ensure heart-healthy foods. For example, you can substitute unsweetened applesauce for oil, when baking.
Sample AHA low-fat low-cholesterol recipes
Smoked salmon dip. Crab spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce. Toasted ravioli with Italian salsa. Orange ginger chicken skewers. Green bean and toasted pecan salad. Crispy tortilla salad. Feta cheese vinaigrette. Salmon and rotini with chipotle cream. Crispy oven fried chicken. Grilled teriyaki sirloin. Meatloaf with apricot glaze. Skillet port chops with cinnamon apple salsa. Pan fried pasta pancake. Thai coconut curry. Praline butternut squash. Pumpkin pie coffeecake. Breakfast tortilla wrap. Key lime tart. Mock baklava. Triple chocolate brownies.
- Fats, Cholesterol and Heart Health
- Healthy Food, Healthy Heart
- About the Recipes
- Appetizers and Snacks
- Salads and Dressings
- Vegetarian Entrees
- Vegetables and Side Dishes
- Breads and Breakfast Dishes
A. Healthy Shopping Strategies
B. Healthy Cooking Strategies
C. Healthy Dining Out Strategies
D. The Science Behind the Recommendations
E. Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Stroke
F. More Information from the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association publishes a series of heart-healthy cookbooks.