You are what you eat. And when you have high cholesterol, changing your diet can do wonders to help you lower your numbers. After all, 20% of your cholesterol comes from the food you eat. And according to a 2010 National Nutrition Survey, more than half of the adults in Singapore are eating too much cholesterol1. Here’s how you can adopt a better diet:
Embrace fiber-rich foods
Although our body doesn’t digest fiber, it actually needs it. Apart from helping with our bowel movements, dietary fiber also helps to reduce our cholesterol levels. That’s veggie power! Protip: eating fruit with the skin on is an easy way to increase your fiber intake.
Opt for healthier fats
Not all fats are equal. When you put on that chef’s hat at home, choose olive or canola oils instead of butter and lard.
Limit fatty meats
Instead of having steak and sausages, go for leaner cuts of meat, such as skinless chicken, pork or fish.
Egg yolks, seafood and organ meats
What do these three foods have in common? They aren’t just tasty, they are also rich in cholesterol. So the next time you find yourself eating oyster omelette for the third time in a week, remember that they contain 350mg of cholesterol—that’s a whole 50mg more than the daily intake recommended by Health Promotion Board! Know someone who has high cholesterol? Share this article with them today.
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