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Posted: 2015-05-29

One of the most important improvements you can make to your diet is to limit saturated fats and entirely cut out trans fats. Both types of fat raise your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol level, which can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Trans fat also lowers your levels of HDL or “good cholesterol, which can put you at increased cardiovascular risk. Luckily, there are many ways to control how much saturated and trans fats you take in and replace them with foods that lower your cholesterol. Avoid foods containing high levels of saturated fats or trans fats—such as potato chips and packaged cookies. These foods can increase your cholesterol levels much more significantly than cholesterol-containing foods such as eggs. Limit solid fat- Reduce the amount of solid fats like butter, margarine, or shortening you add to food when cooking or serving. Instead of cooking with butter, for example, use olive oil or flavor your dishes with herbs or lemon juice. You can also limit solid fat by trimming fat off your meat or choosing leaner, healthier proteins.

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