High cholesterol diet: The 3 foods that lower your cholesterol levels fast

Healthy fats

Full-fat dairy products, fatty meat such as bacon, sausages, salami and meat products such as pastries, and pies, biscuits, cakes and pastries, butter, cream, ghee, lard and cheese, coconut and palm oils, ice cream and chocolate, all raise your cholesterol.

Dr Lee said: “This doesn’t mean you can’t have any – it just means only small portions from time to time.”

Instead, you should be eating healthier fats such as unsaturated fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Dr Lee said: “Monounsaturated fats include olive, sesame, and rapeseed oil, avocados, and nuts such as almonds, cashews, and hazelnuts.

“Polyunsaturated fats include oily fish such as salmon, mackerel or trout, sunflower, soya, corn or sunflower oils and spreads, flax, pumpkin and sesame seeds and walnuts.

“Choose lower-fat milk and yoghurts and if you need a sauce, have a tomato sauce instead.

“Go for lean meat such as chicken, or turkey, or eat fish.

“Eat plenty of vegetables, lentils, beans and chickpeas, have fresh fruit, and use nuts and seeds in your cooking.”

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