It’s hard to pass up the foods that you love. For those struggling with high cholesterol levels, ridding the kitchen of unhealthy junk foods and such may just save your life.

High cholesterol is one of the leading causes of heart diseases, heart attack and stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Your liver produces more cholesterol, a waxy-substance, when you have a highly saturated and trans fat diet.

Here are some simple food tips to keep your cholesterol under control:

1. Eat five to nine servings of fruits and veggies each day.

This helps keep the LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels, down. Foods made with plant sterol, the steroid found in plants, also helps lower bad cholesterol levels.

2. Fish is a major key.

Low in saturated fat, fish should be included in your meal twice a week. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help lower fats in the blood and slow the development of plaque in the arteries.

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