People on high cholesterol diets often eat out less often and eat less healthy foods, a new study has found.
The average American eats about 6.4 large meals a day, according to a study by health insurance giant Health Net.
But the average person on a typical cholesterol-restricted diet eats only about 1.5 servings of healthy foods per day.
The new study found that the typical person on high-cholesterol diets eats only 5.3 healthy meals a week.
The new study also found that people on high levels of cholesterol are more likely to eat out of the same food twice a week than people on average, a trend that may be linked to weight gain and other health problems.
Health Net analyzed the average amount of food consumed per person on two types of high- and low-cholinaemia diets: one that limits cholesterol intake to about 10 mg/dL and the other that limits it to about 15 mg/dl.
The researchers said people on the high-risk diet tended to eat fewer healthy foods compared with people on low-risk diets.
People on high, cholesterol-restricting diets eat more out of healthier foods than people in other groups, according the researchers.
For example, people on a high-low-choline diet ate nearly 10 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a week, compared with about 4.7 servings for people in the other group.
The average person in the low-high-cholinemic group ate just 3.3 servings of fruits and veggies a week compared with more than 10 for people on other diets.
But people on both diets ate more meals per day than people who ate fewer servings of healthier food, the researchers found.
The difference was greatest for fresh fruits, with people in high-high cholesterol diets eating more than 4.6 servings a day compared with fewer than 1.8 for people with low-low cholesterol diets.
The study found there were no differences in food intake between the high and low groups in terms of calories or fat.
But people on diets with a lot of healthy fats ate more calories and fat than people with less healthy fats, the authors said.
The authors said people should avoid eating more foods with saturated fats, such as olive oil and canola oil, which can increase blood cholesterol levels and cause heart disease.
“There’s a lot more of a focus on reducing saturated fat intake, and people should not focus on increasing saturated fat in their diet,” said lead author Dr. James T. Koop, an associate professor of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center.
“The other big takeaway is, if you’re eating more processed foods, you’re also eating more unhealthy food,” he said.
“We’re talking about a huge difference in how much healthy fats you’re consuming.”
The researchers recommended people on cholesterol-reducing diets limit their consumption of processed foods to about 25 grams a day.
They also said people with cholesterol-related medical conditions should avoid foods that contain saturated fats.
HealthNet and HealthNet Health, which owns the Food Network, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dr. David Katz, a cardiologist and professor of clinical medicine at the Mayo Clinic, said the study is a welcome step forward.
“This is a good reminder to people that cholesterol is a big deal, and they need to be careful of how much of it they eat,” Katz said.
“People on a cholesterol-lowering diet are eating more healthy fats and other sources of healthy nutrients, so they’re less likely to have heart disease.”
HealthNet said the company is also working to promote healthier eating habits and make healthier choices, including buying foods with less saturated fats and adding vegetables and fruits to their meals.
The company also offers free cholesterol testing to people with a cholesterol test.
Healthnet, which offers free, low-cost health insurance plans through its website, said it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch an online tool that will help people understand their cholesterol and other medical conditions.
The website has not yet launched.