1. Read those nutrition labels to avoid trans fats
You’ve probably heard this advice over and over again because it’s one of the easiest things you can do to help control your diet: read nutrition labels.
Nutrition labels can help you understand which good nutrients you’re eating, and they can also help you avoid trans fats, one of the worst ingredients for your cholesterol levels.
Trans fats, also known as “hydrogenated oils” or “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,” are sneaky ingredients that may be good for food manufacturers, but they’re not so good for you.
Trans fats help make products last longer so they’re easier to ship and store. They’re common in many processed foods, and they’re also present in many baked goods that use margarine or shortening. Unfortunately, they also contribute to raising bad LDL cholesterol levels – while reducing good HDL cholesterol levels.
So if you really want to lower your cholesterol, read labels and try to avoid trans fats whenever you can. They’re some of the biggest offenders when it comes to high cholesterol, and cutting them out of your diet can make a big impact.
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