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The other heart-risk factors in our diet

Getting enough fibre may improve your heart health, but its benefits will be minimal unless you also address the other lifestyle risks for heart disease, say experts

Unhealthy fats

The British Heart Foundation urges us to continue to watch our saturated fat intake. ‘Reducing saturated fat is a very simple way to lower your cholesterol level and support your heart health,’ it advises. It’s recommended women eat no more than 20g saturated fats a day and men 30g. These fats are found in processed meats such as sausages, ham and burgers, fatty meat, cheese, butter, cream, whole milk, lard, ghee, suet, palm and coconut oils.

‘The important thing about cutting out saturated fat is what you replace it with,’ advises dietitian Tracy Parker. ‘It’s no good cutting out fatty foods only to replace them with low-fat sugary foods such as fruit-flavoured yogurts. Aim to swap saturated fats for polyunsaturated fats found in sunflower, corn, soya and rapeseed oils, spreads made from these oils, and nuts and seeds. Monounsaturated fats are also healthier, and can be found in rapeseed oils, avocados and some nuts including walnuts, almonds and pecans.’

Salt and blood pressure

‘Raised blood pressure is the highest cause of deaths in the world,’ says Professor Graham MacGregor, chair of Action on Salt and professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine – Barts and The London.

Worryingly, according to Blood Pressure UK, one in three adults in the UK is known to have high blood pressure, and a further one in nine has it but hasn’t been diagnosed. A healthy reading is 120/80 or lower, and blood pressure is considered to be high when your reading is 140/90. At this level, you will be advised to make lifestyle changes or your doctor may prescribe medication.

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