High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart attacks, strokes and heart disease. Here, the top six foods to lower your cholesterol through diet.

According to Statistics Canada, close to 60 per cent of 40-to-59-year-olds have unhealthy levels of cholesterol. Almost 45 per cent of people aged 60 to 79 do too. These are concerning trends since high cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for heart attacks, strokes and heart disease.

It's a problem that's often addressed by a group of prescription drugs known as statins. But there are other ways to help reduce cholesterol – including eating certain types of food.

Julie Daniluk, a Toronto-based registered nutritionist, health educator, writer and TV personality, is a big believer in the ability of food to maximize health. Here are her top six food choices for helping to lower cholesterol through diet.

"Heart disease is also connected to inflammation and that's why a lot of foods I recommend are not only proven to reduce cholesterol, but they also reduce overall inflammation. They're doing double duty."

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