For heart health, it’s important to choose the right types of fat in your diet. Saturated fats can raise LDL levels; they’re found in foods like cheese, butter, cream, cakes, pastries, fatty cuts of meat, sausages and burgers. We recommend swapping foods high in bad fats (saturated) with foods high in good fats (monounsaturated and particularly polyunsaturated fats).
There are many easy swaps you can make: swap butter for an unsaturated spread e.g. sunflower, olive or Flora pro.activ spreads ,lard for vegetable oil, fatty meat for lean meat, skinless chicken or fish, and full-fat milk for skimmed, 1% or semi skimmed milk. If you’re buying processed foods, check the nutrition labels to help you make the healthiest choice.
Flora pro.activ have a handy ‘Fat Swaps Wheel’ tool to help consumers make the right choices when it comes to the array of products available to tempt them. Examples from this online tool include starting your day by swapping your breakfast blueberry muffin or a bowl of porridge, try milk chocolate coated peanuts for your morning chocolate fix and then for lunch have a satisfying chicken salad swapping Caesar dressing for a drizzle of oil and vinegar. Mid afternoon iswhen our energy levels start to drop, so give yourself a boost with a tastyflapjack instead of reaching for the biscuit tin. To finish off your day, try a lean cottage pie with fresh vegetables. And if you’re feeling peckish before bed, swap white toast with butter for brown toast and Flora pro.activ Buttery.
Making the simple changes above over one day can reduce your saturated fat intake by over 60% and increase your monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat intake by 20%. Give it a try!