Diet

Eating a healthy diet that is low in saturated fats can reduce your level of LDL (bad cholesterol), these include:

  • carbohydrates (cereals, wholegrain bread, potatoes, rice and pasta)
  • proteins (lean meat, beans and oily fish)
  • unsaturated fats (avocados, nuts and seeds, sunflower, rapeseed and olive oil)
  • fruit and vegetables (at least five portions a day)

You should try to avoid or cut down on the following foods, which are rich in saturated fat:

  • fatty cuts of meat and meat products, such as sausages and pies
  • butter, ghee and lard
  • cream, soured cream, creme fraiche and ice cream
  • cheese, particularly hard cheese
  • cakes and biscuits
  • chocolate
  • coconut oil, coconut cream and palm oil

According to the Food Standards Agency:

  • the average man should have no more than 30g saturated fat a day
  • the average woman should have no more than 20g saturated fat a day

To get an idea how much saturated food you are consuming, take a look at the food labels of the foods you are eating.

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