4 Low-Cholesterol Party Dip Recipes

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Looking for low-calorie, and low-cholesterol party dip recipes? Well, look no longer.

With these recipes, you can make the perfect party dip that also happens to be low in calories (under 60 calories), low cholesterol, and low in saturated fat.

These dips from Fiona Haynes, About.com's Low Fat Cooking Expert, pair perfectly with whole-wheat pita triangles, or fresh raw vegetables for a fantastic party opener.

Artichoke Dip Recipe

The ever-popular hot artichoke dip recipe was modified by Fiona Haynes to reduce the fat content by using low-fat plain yogurt and fat-free mayonnaise, and just 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.

Artichoke Dip Nutrifacts per 1/4 cup: Calories 51, Calories from Fat 16, Total Fat 1.7g (Sat 1.1g), Cholesterol 6mg, Sodium 368mg, Carbohydrate 5.2g, Fiber 1.3g, Protein 3.6g

Haynes says this about her recipe, "Try this tasty, spicy low-fat dip at your next party. Using bottled red peppers makes it a snap to prepare, although you are welcome to roast your own."

Red Pepper Dip Nutrifacts per 1/4 cup: Calories 44, Calories from Fat 2, Total Fat 0.2g (sat 0.1g), Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 117mg, Carbohydrate 7.3g, Fiber 0.3g, Protein 3.2g

This south of the border-influenced dip recipe is a simple-to-make fat-free appetizer that can be made with low-fat or fat-free sour cream. It pairs well with tortilla chips and raw veggies.

Black Bean Dip Nutrifacts per 1/4 cup: Calories 48, Calories from Fat 0, Cholesterol 0, Sodium 190mg, Carbohydrate 9g, Fiber 2.6g, Protein 3.1g

This low-fat spinach dip makes a terrific appetizer when served with a platter of fresh vegetables or with some baked chips or breadsticks. Use frozen chopped spinach instead of fresh, if you prefer.

If you are a spice aficionado, kick it up a notch by adding a dash of hot sauce.

Low-Fat Spinach Dip Nutrifacts per 1/4 cup: Calories 55, Calories from Fat 11, Total Fat 1.3g (sat 0.7g), Cholesterol 3mg, Sodium 186mg, Carbohydrate 4.7g, Fiber 1.1g, Protein 6.2g

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What is the difference between fats and cholesterol?

The human body needs a certain amount of fats and cholesterol to be healthy, but they are not one and the same. Fats and cholesterol are two distinct types of lipids that are insoluble in water. They have very different structures and only a few functions in common.

The calories in fats provide energy but cholesterol does not. Most cholesterol is produced in the liver and is used for fat digestion, vitamin D production, and testosterone and estrogen hormones.

Sometimes fat, especially saturated fat, is confused with cholesterol. But neither one can turn into the other.

Source: Livestrong.com

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