What Foods Should I Avoid to Lower My High Cholesterol?

What foods should I avoid to lower my high cholesterol?

Elizabeth Ricanati, M.D.

Elizabeth Ricanati, M.D.

Elizabeth Ricanati, M.D., is the founding medical director of Lifestyle 180, an innovative Cleveland Clinic program aimed at treating and... Read more

High cholesterol levels can clog your arteries and put you at risk for heart disease and metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, there is much you can do to lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and raise your HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Chief among these are making changes to your diet and the amount of physical activity you engage in.

For example, limiting your saturated fat (that’s the fat that primarily comes from four-legged animals) and avoiding all trans fat (think tropical oils such as palm and coconut oil, as well as partially hydrogenated oil) can lower your LDL cholesterol. Increasing your omega-3 fatty acid consumption can raise your HDL (think salmon and walnuts). Physical activity is another great way to boost your HDL. According to the American Heart Association, physical activity can increase HDL in some people. A higher HDL level is linked with a lower risk of developing heart disease. For more info, check out this helpful video on 360-5.com, Eat to Beat High Cholesterol.