Fatty fish, like salmon or mackerel, have a lot of omega-3 that boosts “good cholesterol” and lowers inflammation and the risk of stroke. Good cholesterol, also known as high-density lipoprotein, captures cholesterol, carries it to the liver and flushes it from the body, according to the CDC.
Healthy unsaturated fats are good to add to your diet. According to independent nonprofit HelpGuide, these fats fill you up so you’re not overeating and reduce cholesterol while boosting HDL. Healthy fats include foods like olives, nuts, avocados, flaxseed, tofu, olive oil and canola oil.
3 foods to avoid
Red meat such as beef, pork and lamb have high contents of saturated fat. Saturated fats can cause a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. While you do not have to cut out red meat entirely, reducing your consumption can reduce the buildup of cholesterol.
Fast food and processed foods are filled with low-density lipoprotein, which is also known as bad cholesterol. Consuming fast food can increase weight, belly fat and the amount of LDL in your body.
Sugar is one of the main foods you should avoid because it lowers the HDL in your body and is filled with LDL. Sugar has a negative impact on weight and can increase the risk of diabetes.
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