Cholesterol is essential for the body. Included in the long list of contributions is building the structure of cell membranes and making hormones. However, having high LDL cholesterol levels – the “bad” type – presents a grave health problem because it clogs up the arteries. Fortunately, you can lower LDL cholesterol levels by adhering to the DASH diet, research suggests.
The DASH diet is rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains. It includes fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans and nuts.
It limits foods that are high in saturated fat, such as fatty meats and full-fat dairy products.
When following DASH, it is important to choose foods that are:
- Rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, fibre and protein
- Low in saturated fat
- Low in sodium.
The foods at the centre of the DASH diet are naturally low in sodium.
So just by following the DASH diet, you’re likely to lower your intake of sodium.