Blood cholesterol levels play a major role in your overall health, so it’s important to keep them in check. One way to maintain a healthy cholesterol balance is to watch what you eat.
A diet high in saturated fat may raise your LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels. This can increase your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Sources of saturated fats include:
- red meat
- some pork and chicken products
- dairy products like butter and cheese
Unsaturated fats are healthier than saturated fats and can improve your cholesterol levels. Foods that contain unsaturated fats include:
- certain fish, such as salmon