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As far as your cholesterol is concerned, its not how much you eat thats the problem, its all the other types of fat that can have the biggest impact.  Here is a list of the good fats you should eat more of and the bad fats you should stay away from.

The Goodies:

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Helps reduce the risk of heart disease and theyre found in oily fish such as sardines, herring, mackerel & tuna
  • Plant Sterols & Stanols: Occur naturally and are found in vegetable oils, nuts and grain. According to the British Heart Foundation, they may reduce levels of harmful cholesterol.
  • Unsaturated Fats: Help to reduce your levels of harmful cholesterol.  Unsaturated fats are found in foods such as vegetable oils, sunflower spreads, nuts and avocados.

The Baddies:

  • Saturated Fats: Increase levels of harmful cholesterol, so go easy on meat products, cheese, butter and pastries.
  • Trans Fats: Are artificially solidified vegetable oils used in processed foods like chrisps, biscuits, pastries and some margarines.  Not good!
  • Triglycerides: These are found in meat, dairy products and cooking oils.  High levels of these in your blood are linked with an increased risk of heart disease.


  • Fat is a good source of energy and it is important that you eat some in your diet.
  • There are several different types of fat remember and each one present in different quantities in different types of food.
  • Cholesterol is a fatty substance present in the blood
  • When you have low levels of protective cholesterol ahd high levels of harmful Cholesterol, the latter can build up in your coronary arteries and that is HEART ATTACK TERRITORY!



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