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How to lower your cholesterol – diet

If you've received a high cholesterol reading, a good place to start is with your diet.   Here are some tips to bring down your low density lipoproteins "LDLs" (the "bad fats" that, in excess, can stick to your blood vessel walls) and to increase your high density lipoproteins "HDLs" (the "good fats" that keep your blood vessels clear): Cut down on saturated animal fats.  As you probably already know, it's important to decrease saturated animal fats such as butter, milk, cheese, ice cream, chocolate and fatty red meats. However, when you eliminate animal fats from your diet you need to add unsaturated vegetable fats in their place, otherwise you will create more problems for your liver. If you love cheese, choose the "white" cheeses like fetta, ricotta...

Why quit sugar?

One of the very first things I learned whilst I was studying nutrition 18 years ago, was that refined sugar literally destroys essential vitamins and minerals in your body.

As we need vitamins and minerals for our bodies to work, it makes perfect sense that refined sugar is not good for our health.  Recently the World Health Organisation recommended that for optimal health we should restrict our added sugar to just 25 grams or 6 teaspoons a day.