Avoid heart attack: Lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease with four foods.
HEART attacks when the level of cholesterol in the body is too high, leading to heart disease.
The leading cause of heart attacks is coronary heart disease – major blood vessels supplying the heart are blocked due to a deposits of cholesterol.
People with high amounts of cholesterol in their blood can lower it by making certain dietary changes.
If your cholesterol is raised, there are treatments available if you need them. But it’s usually possible to lower cholesterol naturally with healthy lifestyle changes
Nuts contain lots of heart-healthy nutrients like protein, fibre, plant sterols, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, zinc and copper.
They are also naturally rich in unsaturated fat and low in saturated fat, so can help to lower cholesterol.
Soya foods are made from soya beans, which contain proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients.
Foods made from soya beans are naturally low in saturated fat – which can contribute to high cholesterol – so try swapping full fat dairy foods, meat and other high saturated fat foods with soya alternatives.
Soya alternatives can include soya milk and yoghurts, soya desserts, soya custard, soya nuts, and soya mince and meat.
Fibre is essential to a healthy diet and is found in all fruits, vegetables and cereals.