Health statistics show that one in four American men have a high blood cholesterol level (240 milligrams or more), which may increase their risk of heart disease.

Medical experts say men can achieve a "desirable" level of less than 200 milligrams by consuming less fat and cholesterol. Each 1 percent reduction in cholesterol, say experts, causes a 2 percent reduction in risk of heart attack -one of the leading causes of death among adult men.Nutritionist Barbara Beck of Dannon Yogurt suggests men lower fat and cholesterol intake by limiting meat, fish or poultry to 5 to 7 ounces per day, choosing only lean cuts of red meat and eating fish and skinless poultry more often.

She also recommends eating low-fat dairy products such as low-fat yogurt as an alternative to ice cream, or as a substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream.