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Chapter 4: Healthy eating Eating healthy doesn’t mean your food choices are limited. It’s just a matter of making the right decisions for your heart health. And if you prepare the meals in your household, your healthy choices will be good for the whole family. By eating healthy foods more often, you’ll take a big step toward better health. Most heart disease risk factors are linked to what and how much you eat. Eating healthier will improve cholesterol and blood pressure levels. It can also help you lose extra pounds or maintain a healthy weight. And if you have diabetes, healthy eating can help you manage it. The dangers of fat and salt Saturated fat can clog your arteries and raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. This type of fat comes mostly from animal sources and is found in butter, cheese, whole milk, lard and fatty cuts of meat. Another type of fat that raises your LDL cholesterol is trans fats—fats that have been converted into solids. You can avoid these by eating less shortening, margarine or snacks containing hydrogenated vegetable oil. 34


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