Eat a heart-healthy diet
Regularly including the following foods and habits in your diet can help to keep your weight down and your cholesterol and blood pressure healthy:
People who have breakfast tend to be slimmer than those who don’t. An oat-based choice like porridge contains soluble fibre, which can help to lower cholesterol, too.
Use oil, not butter
Replacing saturated fats like butter, lard and ghee with unsaturated oils like rapeseed, sunflower and olive oils, plus spreads that contain them, will help keep your cholesterol in check.
Swap your 11am biscuit for a piece of fruit, which will help you towards your 5-a-day. It’s also low in fat and is a great source of fibre.
Check the small print
Make sure you understand nutritional information on food packaging with the help of our article about new food labels.
Feast on fish
Fish is a good source of vitamins, minerals and protein and oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies and sardines contains omega-3 fats which may help to protect your heart. Eat two portions of fish each week, one of which should be oily. Try baked fishcakes or fish pie if you’re not used to the taste.
Vary your veg
Fruit and vegetables aren’t boring, but eating the same ones day in, day out, is! Experiment with different types and search for new recipes to keep meals interesting.