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17 Foods That Can Raise Your Cholesterol To Dangerous Levels

You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that you shouldn’t’ eat fired and processed foods on a regular basis, this is because they’re loaded with sodium and saturated fat and also a high diet in these components can raise your blood cholesterol levels putting you at risk for heart diseases.

Bud don’t worry, controlling your blood cholesterol levels aren’t a very difficult thing to do, it’s as simple as avoiding an unhealthy food containing bad fats. And in today’s article I will tell you 18 foods to steer clear of if you have high cholesterol from egg yolk, cheese burgers, and mash potatoes to red meat to apple sauce and more.

1.  Egg Yolk: Egg yolks have one of the highest levels of cholesterol of any food with 1,234 milligram per 100 grams serving or a whopping 411 percent of the daily value. A single yolk will provide 210 milligrams of cholesterol, while a whole provides slightly more with 212 milligrams. So, almost all the cholesterol is concentrated in the yolk.

2.   Meat Liver: Cholesterol is produced by the liver, so dishes made using this body part tend to increase its value. This organ from most meats can contain about 564 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams of 188 percent of the daily value. The recommended intake is no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol for a healthy adult. Three ounces of cooked beef liver will give you 331 milligram of cholesterol.

3. Ice-Cream: Did you know that a single cup of ice-cream has more fat than a hamburger and more cholesterol than 10 glazed doughnuts? Skip the scoop and try a cup of fresh fruit or dessert instead. Fruits are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients you really need – making it one of the best things you can eat for lower cholesterol.

4.   Butter: Since daily fat is mostly saturated fat, tis byproduct, butter, is even higher in the fatty acid. It should be eaten in moderation to allow for healthier fat to fit into your diet. That means swap it out for healthier oils, like olive and walnut. Or use nut butter on your morning toast, over that butter and jam.

5. Fried Chicken: Fried chicken is a double whammy because of the saturated fat found in the skin plus the fats that soak in the breeding during the frying process, it’s even worst in restaurants because of the fast food fryers that cook over and over again in the same oil.

6.   Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a very controversial topic as some people say it’s healthy but the American Heart Association cautions against using it because of its high saturated fat content and research have shown that it does raise cholesterol level both good and bad, so try using it on your skin and not in your food.

7. Macaroni and Cheese: This creamy comfort food favorite packs a triple whammy of saturated fats, often made with milk, butter and full fat cheese, Mac ‘n’ Cheese is best reserved for a once in a while treat. The pasta itself and the butter bread crumbs that top it all up also contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels, research have shown that refined carbohydrate like white bread and white pasta can increase bad cholesterol levels.

8. Red Meat: Lam, mutton and pork contains high levels of cholesterols and saturated fats more than any other meat product, this is even more harmful if you already have high level of cholesterol, it may even be fatal if you suffer from heart disease – instead chose alternatives like boiled or roasted chicken and fish because it’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

9. Shrimp & Squid: This sea food maybe delicious but it’s high in cholesterol, a 3.5 ounce serving of steamed shrimp contains around 211 milligrams of cholesterol, while the same size of squid contains 233 milligrams. If you crave sea-foods try steamed clamps instead, a 3.5 ounce portion contain a more reasonable 67 milligrams of cholesterol.

10. Mashed Potatoes: The potatoes are not the problem it’s the other ingredients. Most mashed potatoes especially at restaurants include hefty portions of butter cream, whole milk, sour cream or cream cheese, turning a perfectly healthy potato into a saturated fat bomb.

11. Store-Bought Baked Goods: Mumphins, cookies and cakes combine artery clogging ingredients like butter, sugar and refined flour. The store-bought ones in particular often come in massive portions which can contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels if you indulge too often. Some commercial baked goods also contains trans-fats which are unsafe because they increase the rate of heart disease.

12. Apple Sauce: An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but when you strip away the apples fiber dense skin and add sweeteners as most apple sauce makes us do, you create a processed food that’s high in sugar and low in fiber – this is a perfect recipe for blood sugar swings that raise cholesterol levels.

13. Processed Meats: Processed meats such as sausages, baken and hotdogs are high cholesterol foods that you should eat in limited quantities. High quantities of such foods are linked with increase rates of heart disease and certain cancers like colon cancer.

14. Cheese Burgers: If you’re like many Americans you’d occasionally eat lunch from a fast-food restaurant, but before you order that double cheese burger consider this – a McDonald’s big Mac has 10 grams of saturated fat and when this classic doubles with something it has 20 grams of the same, that’s more than the maximum suggested amount per-day.

15. Packaged Snacks: Packaged snacks like chips, crackers and micro-waved pop corns contain trans-fats in the form of hydrogenated oils, they’re used because they increase the products shelf life – you can stay from these high cholesterol corporates by checking food labels carefully, if a food contains less than 0.5 grams of trans-fat per-serving the nutrition levels means 0 trans-fat also check the ingredients lists if you see the world hydrogenated ‘”don’t buy it”.

16. Refined Grain Products: Food items made from refined grains or flour contain refined carbohydrates which may have a negative effect on your good cholesterol levels. Avoid eating products like white bread or pasta, you can replace these items with better alternatives like multi-green or Howe bread instead

17. Alcohol: Well, alcohol itself does not contain cholesterol but it can affect its levels of blood. Drinking alcohol can raise cholesterol levels because alcohol is processed through the same organ “the liver” that’s responsible for making cholesterol. Studies have shown that excessive drinking may increase bad cholesterol levels.

How often do you eat processed foods? Has it caused cholesterol problems for you?

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