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Most of us have heard that having a high cholesterol level is bad for our health and most of believe that eating too much fat contributes significantly to a high cholesterol level. The truth, as always, is a little more complicated that that.
The total amount of fat you eat isn't necessarily bad for you although fat is high in calories ounce for ounce (or gram for gram) and eating more calories than you expend for a sustained period will make you fat.
What is important, however, is the type of fat that you eat. Put simply there are "bad" fats" so called saturated and trans fats and these can increase the risk for some diseases. Conversely there are also "good" fats-monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats-which can lower disease risk. If you can substitute good fats for bad fats in your normal life you are well on your way to a healthier diet.
When cooking and baking use liquid plant oils. Examples are olive oil, canola oil and sunflower oil.
Trans fats are a no no. Read the label in the supermarket and do not buy any product if it contains trans fats.
Eat at least one thing every day that contains omega-3 fats. Examples of these type of foods would be fatty fish, walnuts, and canola oil. Some people like supplements but it is better to take omega 3 fats as part of your normal diet.
Make sure that you choose lean meat and be aware that beef, pork, lamb, and dairy products are high in saturated fat. Look for skimmed or semi skimmed milk, and if you must have full fat cheese then have it only in small amounts.
Make sure that you keep an eye on your cholesterol level and have a cholesterol test every year.
Following these simple tips will allow you to be healthier whilst at the same time have a tasty and fulfilling diet. Healthy food need not be dull!
You can measure your cholesterol with a home cholesterol test kit from checkymybody.