Want to know how to control your cholesterol? Most of us have been told to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. But eating low fat will only lower cholesterol if you are targeting the right kind of fat. This article shows you how to really use fat to improve cholesterol numbers and avoid heart disease
To control cholesterol, start by reducing total fat intake. Do this by avoiding fried foods and other foods high in fat. But do not try to cut out all fat. Some fats are actually good for you! Know the different types of fat and which ones are good or bad.
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the good! They raise good cholesterol numbers (remember that good cholesterol helps combat and reduce bad cholesterol) without increasing your overall cholesterol. These fatty acids may reduce the risk of heart disease. Focus on making sure the fat you eat is either poly or monounsaturated.
Eat only a small amount of saturated fat. Saturated fats raise both the good and bad cholesterol.
Never eat trans fats. Trans fats increase bad cholesterol and overall cholesterol. They also increase the level of triglycerides. Trans fat is the worst kind of fat and contributes to heart disease.
Tips and Warnings
Although the label says that there are no trans fats, read the ingredients to look for hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated oils are trans fats. The label may say zero trans fats because of having a low amount is rounded down to zero. However, small amounts of hydrogenated oils add up to a large amount of trans fats.
This article is for informational purposes only, and does not replace medical advice.