Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance that is mainly produced by our liver. What we eat can contribute to high blood cholesterol, so it is important to follow a heart healthy eating pattern.

Eating foods with more unsaturated fats in place of saturated or trans fats and avoiding refined carbohydrate foods can help improve cholesterol levels.

Saturated and trans fats are found in higher amounts in animal products like butter, cheese, processed or fatty meats (like ham, salami, sausage); as well as in deep fried foods, pies, pastries, biscuits and cakes.

Apart from the effect of certain foods, high blood cholesterol levels can also be due to a genetic (inherited) disorder. Whatever the cause of your high cholesterol, it is important to lower your levels through lifestyle changes and/or medication.

For more information visit Heart Foundation NZ