Reduce saturated fat
Too much saturated fat in our diets can increase cholesterol levels in the blood, which in turn increases the risk to our heart health. Saturated fats are mostly found in animal foods – all meats and animal fats, full-fat dairy products and foods made with them e.g., cakes, biscuits, pastries, creamy sauces etc.
Unsaturated fats on the other hand, when eaten in moderation, have been shown to have a beneficial effect on heart health.2 Unsaturated fats are predominantly found in plant foods – vegetable oils and spreads, nuts, seeds, avocado and oil-rich fish such as salmon, sardines, pilchards and trout.
There are some plant foods to watch out for, these include coconut, palm and shea fats and oils. These plant fats are actually very high in saturated fat and should be limited. They are often included in baked products such as granola, biscuits, vegan cheese, vegan butter and coconut desserts.