There is no escaping the conversation around cholesterol, we all have it and unfortunately, some of us have too much of the lousy type!

So, what is cholesterol? Basically, it’s a type of fat that our liver produces for the sole purpose to produce vitamin D, steroid hormones, and bile acids. While our bodies are producing cholesterol all the time, we also get cholesterol through the foods we eat such as meat, eggs, butter, cheese, and milk however, too much of these products is not necessarily a good thing.

Those of you who’ve had a cholesterol reading over the years will know that there are two types of cholesterol HDL & LDL but what do they mean?

  • The good = HDL (H for healthy) these guys cruise the bloodstream and remove harmful bad cholesterol from places it doesn’t belong like the arteries.
    • Foods that boost the healthy cholesterol include; oily fish, unsalted nuts, fruit, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains, liver, kidneys & pate.
  • The bad = LDL (L for lousy) these guys can form plaque that clogs up our arteries resulting in heart attacks or even strokes.
    • Foods high in lousy stuff contain saturated fats and this includes; meat pies/sausages, dairy, cakes/biscuits, and processed foods.
  • The ugly – you’ve just found out that your cholesterol is high but not high enough for you to be prescribed statins but through careful eating, you can lower it.
    • Foods to eat that aid in reducing your cholesterol include; avocado, oatmeal, walnuts, oily fish, artichokes, collard greens, garlic, edamame, dark chocolate, okra, olive oil, flaxseed & hibiscus tea.

In most cases the healthier your diet the chances of having a bad reading is low, however, in the rare event that you have high cholesterol due to genetics then I strongly suggest that you work with your GP to reduce your reading to a manageable level before you try to attempt to manage it with diet.

As always, I’m here for you should you have any questions about the good, the bad, and the ugly! Email me at


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For more information on Cholesterol refer to the Heart Foundation –


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