By Julian Rosenstein APD
Our cholesterol levels are controlled by many factors – Diet is one modifiable factor that can favourably shift both total cholesterol and HDL/LDL, or ‘good’ to ‘bad’ cholesterol ratio.
Here are 4 key dietary habits to adopt if you are trying to increase the ‘good’ cholesterol and decrease the ‘bad’ cholesterol:
1. Reduce your intake of saturated fats (fatty cuts of meat 🥩and skin-on poultry, coconut oil, butter, ghee) and minimise your intake of trans fats (commercial-bought pies, sausage rolls, cakes and pastries) 🍩🧁🥐
2. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and legumes 🥒🥕🍌
3. Consume foods with plant sterols daily (for example, switching your Weet-bix for the cholesterol-lowering version is a simple swap). 🥣
4. Choose healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds 🥑🥜🌰
Julian is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Performance Nutritionist with special interests in sports and performance nutrition, weight loss, gastro-intestinal health and the nutritional management of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Julian works at our Physiosports Brighton clinic on Mondays and Saturdays. Click here to book an appointment with Julian or call 9596 9110 if you’d like to speak to one of their receptionists.