Here is a non-exhaustive list of foods high in cholesterol:
- Egg yolk.
- Almost all organ meats (and especially the brain).
- Animal fat.
- Normally fatty meat.
- Hydrogenated vegetable oils.
- Fat (bacon in particular). Bacon.
- Sea food.
- All dairy products, except skim milk and its derivatives. Chocolate.
- All cooking preparations. All prepared foods.
- Coffee with milk preparations. Palm oil (commonly used for packaged products).
- Coconut oil.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance found in all cells of the body.
Your body needs cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest food. Your body produces all the cholesterol it needs. However, cholesterol is also found in some of the foods you eat.
Cholesterol circulates in your bloodstream in the form of small packages (complexes) called lipoproteins. These “packages” are made up of fat (fat) inside and protein outside.
Two types of lipoproteins transport cholesterol in the body: low density lipoproteins (LDL) and high density lipoproteins (HDL). It is important to have healthy levels of both types of lipoproteins.
LDL cholesterol is sometimes called “bad” cholesterol. High LDL levels cause cholesterol to build up in the arteries. (Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the body.)
HDL cholesterol is sometimes called “good” cholesterol. This is because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body to your liver. Your liver removes cholesterol from your body.
What does it mean to have high blood cholesterol?
High blood cholesterol is a condition in which you have too much cholesterol in your blood. By itself, the condition usually has no signs or symptoms. So many people do not know that their cholesterol is too high.
People who have high blood cholesterol have a higher risk of getting coronary artery disease, also called coronary artery disease. (In this article, the term “heart disease” refers to coronary artery disease.)
The higher the LDL cholesterol level in your blood, the higher the risk of getting heart disease. The higher the HDL cholesterol in your blood, the lower your risk of getting heart disease.
Coronary artery disease is a condition in which plaque (plaque) builds up inside the coronary arteries (heart). Plaque is made up of cholesterol, fat, calcium and other substances found in the blood. When plaque builds up in the arteries, it is called atherosclerosis.
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Foods to avoid
Some nutritionists recommend avoiding certain aisles in the supermarket. Go around the rows with baked goods, crackers, cookies, and other foods high in saturated fat.
Trans fats: These are bad for you and are found in packaged snacks like pastries, cookies, crackers and certain types of margarine. Read the nutrition facts to see all of the fat in the product.
Other foods that are often filled with trans fats: cookies, breakfast sandwiches, microwave popcorn, cream-filled candies, donuts, fried foods and frozen pizzas.
Salt: Too much sodium can help raise your blood pressure. You probably already know that you shouldn’t eat too many canned soups and salty snacks. But is sodium also widely present in breads and rolls, cold meats and salted meats, pizzas, chicken and fast food sandwiches?
You might be surprised how often it is found in frozen food. If in doubt, read the labels. Try not to exceed more than 2,300 to 2,400 milligrams per day.
Sugar: Sugar is taste, but excess can cause weight gain problems, heart disease, diabetes and cholesterol. Try to limit the amount of what you eat and drink.
You probably know a lot of “usual suspects”: soda, sweet tea, candy, cakes, cookies and ice cream, among others.
But did you know that sugar is added to foods you may not even be thinking about – from spaghetti sauce to fast food, ketchups, breakfast bars, and even toned water.
Here are the common added sugars to check:
- Brown sugar
- Sweeteners and corn syrup
- Dextrose and fructose
- Fruit juice concentrates
- High fructose corn syrup
Foods with one or more of the ingredients at the top of the ingredient list may contain a lot of sugar.
Low cholesterol foods
We treated the subject in a dedicated article. Here is the list of foods low in cholesterol.
You may also like the following article: 7 high-cholesterol foods that are very healthy.
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