Dietary changes for high triglyceride levels


  • Weight loss. Even as little as 2-5 kg weight loss already starts to improve raised blood cholesterol levels.
  • Reduce alcohol intake.
  • Reduce total carbohydrate intake, especially refined carbohydrates like white bread, white rice, pastries, sweets and biscuits.
  • Limit added sugars such as sweets, chocolates, sweetened soft drinks, fruit juices, flavoured water and sweetened dairy products.
  • Choose foods high in omega 3 fats, especially naturally oily fish such as sardines, pilchards, mackerel and salmon, which should be eaten at least twice a week. Plants products such as walnuts, flaxseed, canola are also good sources. If this is not possible, a medical professional may recommend omega 3 supplements.
  • Reduce intake of saturated fat and replace this with sources of mono- and polyunsaturated fats such as avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds.