Heart attack: Four foods to help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease – Express

HEART attacks can happen when the level of cholesterol in the body is too high, leading to heart disease. Include these four foods in your diet to help lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of having a heart attack.

Heart attacks happen when the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked.

The leading cause of heart attacks is coronary heart disease – a condition in which the major blood vessels supplying the heart get clogged up with deposits of cholesterol.

If the deposits of cholesterol burst, it can cause a blood clot to develop, which may trigger a heart attack.

People with high amounts of cholesterol in their blood can lower it by making certain dietary changes. Heart UK advises incorporating the following four foods into your diet to help reduce cholesterol.

Soya foods

Soya foods are made from soya beans, which contain proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients.

Foods made from soya beans are naturally low in saturated fat – which can contribute to high cholesterol – so try swapping full fat dairy foods, meat and other high saturated fat foods with soya alternatives.

Soya alternatives can include soya milk and yoghurts, soya desserts, soya custard, soya nuts, and soya mince and meat.

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