High cholesterol is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood. The waxy substance can gum up your arteries, thereby hiking your risk of having a heart attack. Reducing the amount of cholesterol in your blood can act as a buffer against this deadly complication. Unfortunately, high cholesterol often goes undetected.
According to the health body, this may because of your age, weight or another condition you have (like high blood pressure or diabetes).
Following a formal diagnosis, you’ll usually be required to make lifestyle changes to lower out cholesterol levels.
To reduce your cholesterol, try to opt for foods known to lower high cholesterol.
There are several foods which are not just part of a healthy diet, they can actively help to lower your cholesterol too.
The more you add them to what you eat, the more they can help lower your cholesterol, especially if you cut down on saturated fat as well.
“Cutting down on saturated fat and replace some of it with unsaturated fats is great way to lower your cholesterol,” explains cholesterol charity Heart UK.
Saturated fat is the kind of fat found in butter, lard, ghee, fatty meats and cheese.
Foods which contain unsaturated fats include:
- Vegetable oils such as olive, sunflower, corn, rapeseed, nut and seed oils
- Avocado, nuts and seeds
- Fat spreads made from vegetable oils, such as sunflower and olive oil
- Oily fish.
According to Heart UK, oily fish are a good source of healthy unsaturated fats, specifically a type called omega-3 fats.
“Aim to eat two portions of fish per week, at least one of which should be oily,” explains the charity.
According to the health body, a portion is 140g, but you could have two or three smaller portions throughout the week.
“Tinned, frozen or fresh all count e.g. salmon, sardines, pilchards, trout, herring and mackerel.”