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Q My choles­terol lev­els have soared and I think it’s be­cause I’ve been eat­ing more fat. What can I do? A Your choles­terol lev­els have very lit­tle to do with the fat you are eat­ing, es­pe­cially if it comes from good sources such as av­o­ca­dos, ghee, but­ter, co­conut oil, nuts and nut but­ters. High choles­terol lev­els are strongly linked to eat­ing the wrong carbs, stress lev­els, smok­ing, and too much re­fined sugar – cakes, bis­cuits and white bread.

Good fats help make your body more sen­si­tive to in­sulin. They have the power to turn off the ad­dic­tion cen­tres in your brain, reg­u­late the pro­duc­tion of the hor­mone lep­tin that con­trols your ap­petite, re­lease fat from fat stores and help heal your liver and gut.

Sugar and the wrong carbs do the op­po­site. If you have added good fats to your diet, make sure to in­crease the amount of fi­bre you are con­sum­ing through veg­eta­bles, and be care­ful of your sugar in­take from hid­den sources like fruit, juices, breads and bis­cuits. Eat­ing fruit af­ter lunch or din­ner should be avoided too.

Stop cook­ing in re­fined veg­etable oils. They have too much omega 6 and their smoke point is very low, mak­ing them a lead­ing cause of choles­terol.

Lastly, stop us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers in place of re­fined sugar. They in­crease your sugar crav­ings, even­tu­ally lead­ing to higher choles­terol.

RASHI CHOWD­HARY is a nu­tri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and creator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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