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Eating healthily

Eating a healthy diet is one of the ways to prevent cardiovascular disease. In this section we provide you with advice on what a healthy diet should consist of.

Do not eat foods high in saturated fatEating healthily - fruitEating some foods high in unsaturated fat can help decrease your cholesterol levelFor a healthy heart, a low fat, high fibre diet that includes whole grains and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (at least five portions a day) is recommended.

Your diet should include no more than one teaspoon of salt a day. Too much salt will increase your blood pressure. Limit the amount of salty foods you eat, such as ready-made meals and canned or tinned food.

Do not eat foods high in saturated fat because this will increase your cholesterol level. These foods include:

  • meat pies;
  • sausages and fatty cuts of meat;
  • butter and ghee;
  • lard;
  • cream;
  • hard cheese;
  • cakes and biscuits;
  • foods that contain coconut or palm oil.

Eating some foods high in unsaturated fat can help decrease your cholesterol level. These foods include:

  • oily fish;
  • avocados;
  • nuts and seeds;
  • sunflower oil;
  • rapeseed;
  • olive oil.

If you would like some support in eating more healthily, contact your GP practice.

 

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