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From: rivercityslim (tstagfw.thehartford.com)
Subject: Vegetarian with high triglycerides
Date: April 29, 2003 at 11:19 am PST

I have been told by my doctor that my triglycerides are too high, and that my 'good' cholesterol level is too low, with HDL near borderline. Her suggestion is to reduce carbohydrates that she says contribute to the high triglycerides. My problem is that I am vegetarian and have been for several years. I eat mostly whole grain breads, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, etc. Her advice is to cut down on (or not eat) these things, even though they are whole grain. What can replace such things? I have designed my diet to have whole grains as the center, the main building block. My main protein source is rice & beans, which is mostly carbs as well. I'm sure there are resources to outline a vegetarian diet aimed at lowering triglycerides, but I don't know where to start. I thought that being vegetarian would make a big difference in my cholesterol/triglyceride profile, and I suppose it would be worse if I was eating a 'normal' American diet, but now I'm really at a loss. Anybody else been down this road already?

--RCS



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