Getting those Cholesterol Numbers down doesn’t have to be about Checking your Tastebuds at the Door It's not that you don't care about the fact that the cholesterol numbers in your blood work are off the charts. It's just that making the changes to your diet that are asked of you sound like just another kind of slow death. Isn't there a way you could cut that cholesterol out of your diet without subjecting yourself to such great taste sacrifices? As a matter of fact, most of the flavor in your favorite foods come from certain ingredients that are easily substituted. Would you like to know what those substitutions might be? Read on. To a lot of people, soups and salads just doesn't taste the same without croutons sprinkled all over. Well, the carbohydrates that croutons are saturated with are what bring about that explosion of taste when you bite into each crunchy morsel. Carbohydrates, however, bring not just a lot of taste to your salads and soups, they bring a lot of low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol to your arteries as well. For all the crunch and richness that you crave crunching into a crouton, try walnuts instead. Broken up walnuts taste nearly as good, and they actually have polyunsaturated fats that can lower your bad cholesterol. When you're flipping through a magazine in your free time before dinner or chatting with a friend, what is it that you like to have at your elbow to snack on? For many people, the answer to that question would be a nice plate of cheese and crackers. Cheese happens to be spectacularly high in saturated fats. Ever been to a Japanese restaurant? The way they get themselves in the mood for a great dinner usually, is to snack on almonds and edamame. Edamame is a kind of boiled baby soybean. It happens to be really low in saturated fats and you get plenty of protein as well. But best of all, it's great for your cholesterol numbers - it's known to actually lower your bad cholesterol. Do you love a dash of butter to help make everything you eat taste a little bit richer? Of course, you might tell yourself that just a touch of butter could overly hurt your cholesterol numbers. The problem is that the flavor butter brings can be quite irresistible. And those little touches, pats and scrapings of butter can easily add up. You’re only allowed as much saturated fat in your entire day as would come from 3 tablespoons of butter. Get into the habit of flavoring everything with butter and you could soon run over your daily quota many times over. Try replacing it with a spread like Olivio. No matter what you do in the kitchen, use vegetable-based fats instead. Not only are some of these brands (like Smart Balance) really low in saturated fats, they are constituted and flavoring in such a way that you'd be hard- pressed to tell the difference between them and real butter.