Body & Fitness

Best brain food

Cutting down on “bad” cholesterol food could prove a simple way to beat Alzheimer’s disease.

Raised levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol not only contribute to heart disease but Alzheimer’s.

Foods containing LDL cholesterol include:

• Fatty processed meat products, such as sausages, salami and deep-fried fast foods

• Commercially prepared baked goods, such as processed cake, biscuits, pies and pastries

LDL cholesterol is also found in fatty meats and high-fat dairy products, so it’s best to choose lean meat and low-fat dairy options, unless you have been advised to avoid them altogether because tests show you already have high LDL cholesterol in your blood.

While LDL cholesterol has a harmful effect, HDL cholesterol is healthy; eating these foods may have a major impact in protecting against Alzheimer’s and heart disease, say scientists.

Good sources of HDL cholesterol include:

• Oats

• Salmon and fatty fish

• Nuts

• Beans

• Tea

• Spinach

• Avocado

• Garlic

• Olive oil

• Dark chocolate

• Red wine

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