Five tips for lowering cholesterol

With one in two Australian adults having elevated blood cholesterol,1 and so many patients using statin medications,1 diet solutions are often forgotten as an important adjunct therapy. Here are five tips to help reduce cholesterol.

1. Healthy fats

It is no longer appropriate to just recommend a low-fat diet to those with high blood cholesterol. The healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats) are required by the body to help regulate cholesterol production, particularly LDL cholesterol. 

Since the liver makes blood cholesterol from the saturated fat that we eat, a low saturated fat diet is recommended by health authorities such as the National Heart Foundation.2 

Saturated fats are found mainly in animal foods such as full-fat dairy, butter, cream and fatty meats, plus high-fat cakes, biscuits, crackers and takeaway foods.

2. Omega-3s