One in three Australians have high cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease. Surprisingly, many people have never had their cholesterol checked — so well done to your husband for taking the key first step.
An easy way to lower cholesterol naturally is to eat more heart-healthy heroes and limit foods that raise your cholesterol.
From the latest research, here’s what you should do.…
Foods to eat less
The research is clear: saturated and trans fats raise cholesterol, which means animal fats and vegetable ‘palm’ oil are the main culprits. Choose lean cuts of meat, trim the visible fat, and cut down on bacon, processed meats, fried foods and pastries.
Foods you might question
Surprisingly, although foods like eggs and prawns contain cholesterol, they have only a small effect on raising its levels. An egg a day is okay for your heart health!
Foods to eat more often
The best foods to lower cholesterol are those rich in soluble fibre, such as oats, psyllium husks and baked beans, and foods enriched with plant sterols like Weet-Bix Cholesterol Lowering or Flora ProActiv spread. Together they contribute to protecting and promoting heart health.