An easy swap to help reduce your triglyceride levelsPosted on : December 3, 2021
by Ashleigh Feltham
Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist
Heart disease is still the number one killer in Australians. Eliminating all fat in your diet is not the answer to preventing heart disease. In fact, you need fat to support the health of your body and your heart. One great way to promote healthy cholesterol levels and heart health is not simply including healthy fats in your diet but swapping them for the less healthy fats like saturated fats and trans fats as well as foods with high amounts of added sugars.
Including healthy fats like omega-3 fat in your diet promotes a healthy heart in many ways. One way is by lowering the triglyceride levels in your blood. Triglycerides are a type of fat and when the level of triglycerides become above 150mg it can reduce the effectiveness of your ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. This cholesterol helps to remove the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol from your arteries and back into the liver where the LDL cholesterol is broken down and excreted from your body.
A study found that for 1 gram of marine-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fat there was a 5 to 10% decrease in triglyceride levels. The benefit on your triglyceride levels was not seen in this study from plant-based omega-3 fat. Fatty fish have the most benefit in reducing your triglycerides such as salmon, sardines, trout, mackerel, and herring.
Many varieties of quality and ethically sourced salmon, trout and sardines are available from seafood. For example, the Safcol Salmon Meals offer not only salmon but other ingredients which support the health of your heart with whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and herbs within the meals themselves. Research has shown that by making simple swaps and healthy additions to your diet you can decrease your triglyceride levels by 50% or more! Remember, it’s really important for your health to reduce your triglyceride levels.
Take home message
Marine omega-3 fat is the superior source of this essential fat to help promote healthy triglyceride levels. Why not try adding in a seafood meal this week instead of a sausage roll from the bakery? It’s an easy swap to help reduce your triglyceride levels that can lead to big changes over time.
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