Some meats and dairy products are high in saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol levels if eaten frequently. Therefore, if you have high cholesterol, it’s best to eat more plant proteins, oily fish, lean meats and low fat dairy products instead.
Many cooking oils naturally contain healthy unsaturated fats that can help to lower cholesterol when used as a replacement for other cooking fats, like butter and palm oil.
Here are my 4 favourite cholesterol-lowering cooking oils:-
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If you love bread then you’ll be pleased to hear that most types of bread are cholesterol-friendly, so are great for a low cholesterol diet. More than that, many types of bread actively lower cholesterol because they’re rich in dietary fibre.
The two main things I look out for when choosing cholesterol-friendly bread are:-
Here’s a list of cholesterol-lowering foods that you can keep in your kitchen cupboard to give you plenty of options for meals and snacks:-
Breakfast cereals aren’t always the healthiest breakfast choice, but they’re fine to include in a low cholesterol diet as long as you choose the right ones. There are two things to check on the back of your cereal box to see whether it’s cholesterol-friendly:-
I often get asked if mayonnaise is ok to eat in a cholesterol-lowering diet, and the answer always surprises people.
I made an exciting discovery a few weeks ago while doing my weekly online grocery shop. I found a cheese that’s low in saturated fat (so won’t raise your cholesterol levels), high in protein and 100% natural. The only ingredient in it is unpasteurised British cow’s milk (plus some salt), so it’s also a great source of calcium.
Oats are one of the top foods for lowering cholesterol, and the best thing is that they’re incredibly cheap. They’re also really versatile and have a low glycemic index, so will keep you feeling full for longer.
I try to eat oats every day to help lower my cholesterol and keep it low. Here are some of my favourite ways to eat them:-
Through writing this blog over the last two years I’ve tried and tested lots of different ways to lower cholesterol naturally without having to resort to statins. Here’s a list of the tips I’ve found most useful in helping to lower my cholesterol and keep it low:-
As I’m due to give birth in a couple of months, I’m planning to cook a load of cholesterol-friendly meals to stick in the freezer, so that we don’t need to worry about cooking during the first few weeks.