To lower the risk of heart disease and reduce blood cholesterol levels, it is important to limit your intake of certain foods like:
Bad fats – Trans fat and saturated fat are the most common cause of high cholesterol. Trans fat occurs in small amounts in meat and milk. This is usually found in processed foods such as biscuits, frozen pizza, cookies and crackers.
Saturated fats increase LDL cholesterol and is found in fatty cuts of meat, poultry with skin, whole milk dairy products, butter, lard and ghee.
High salt intake increases blood pressure which is one of the major risk factors of heart disease.
High sugar intake contributes to excess calories and obesity. It can also increase triglycerides levels in the blood. These are contributors to heart and blood vessel diseases.
High alcohol intake can lead to liver damage, weight gain, high blood pressure and high triglycerides. If you do drink, limit your consumption to one standard drink per day for women and two standard drinks a day for men.