Knowing your cholesterol, and then what?

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It’s that time of the year where many of us have their health assessments done, and we’re becoming more conscious of our cholesterol levels again. Cholesterol is an important precursor of cardiovascular health, so it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your cholesterol low. As you can feel perfectly healthy even with a high cholesterol, you might not even notice if your cholesterol is too high. Therefore it’s important to do a blood to check. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, your cholesterol should be <5.0 mmol/l, aiming to keep LDL levels <3.0, and HDL cholesterol >1.0 for men, and >1.2 for women.

So, once you know your cholesterol, what can you do to manage your cholesterol, and keep it at a healthy level, or lower it? The Harvard Medical school has listed 11 foods that lower your cholesterol. Top on the list? Good old OATS!

You can do a lot more with oats than just cooked for breakfast. Try this delicious Moreish Banana Cranberry Oat Bread, to add more oats to your diet!