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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Healthy Eating

Triglycerides:

  • Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood and are not cholesterol.
  • High triglyceride levels (more than 1.7 mmol/L) in your blood will increase your risk for stroke

How to Decrease Your Triglycerides?

  • Eating less foods and drinks that are high in sugar
  • Drinking less or no alcohol
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • If you have diabetes, maintain target blood sugar levels

Cooking with Less Fat

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Steam
  • Barbeque
  • Poach
  • Microwave
  • Non-stick cooking pan

Tips for Reducing the Fat in Your Food

  • Eat less of all types of fat in foods
  • Use less fat in your cooking
  • Choose healthier fats more often
  • Choose food that contains less fat
  • Check nutrition labels
  • Buy food with 0% trans fat
  • Limit commercial baked goods
  • Choose leaner cuts of meat
  • Choose lower fat dairy products
  • Limit the use of spreads, dressings, sauces and gravies
  • Check the level of fats on nutrition labels

Remember...

The types of fat and amount of fat you eat can affect your blood cholesterol levels more so than the dietary cholesterol found in food. So, when choosing fats, choose healthier fats more often, and try to reduce your fat intake because too much fat can add additional calories which your body may not need.