Cut trans fats from your diet
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Eat chopped veggies instead of snack crackers, and fruit instead of boxed cookies or store-bought cakes and pastries. Choose margarines that clearly state on the label that they contain no trans-fat. Trans fats are worse for your heart than saturated fats because they boost levels of LDL cholesterol and decrease levels of HDL, the good kind of cholesterol. Avoiding these processed fast could cut your heart attack risk by 55 percent. Check out these clues you’re eating too much bad fat.
Keep your slow cooker on the counter and use it
Eating leaner cuts of meats can cut your LDLs because you’re getting less cholesterol-raising saturated fat in every bite. Low-fat meats can be tough; cooking them in a slow-cooker is an easy way to tenderize without adding lots of fat. These slow-cooker recipes for diabetics are healthy for the whole family.