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High Cholesterol

What foods should I not eat if I have high cholesterol?

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  • • Whole milk, cream and ice cream

    • Butter, egg yolks and cheese — and foods made with them

    • Organ meats like liver, sweetbreads, kidney and brain

    • High-fat processed meats like sausage, bologna, salami, and hot dogs

    • Fatty meats that aren’t trimmed

    • Duck and goose meat (raised for market)

    • Bakery goods made with egg yolks, saturated fats and trans fats

    • Saturated oils like coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil

    • Solid fats like shortening, partially hydrogenated margarine and lard

    • Fried foods

  • AMarcus J. Cox, MD, Cardiology, answered on behalf of Greenville Health System
    Many fried foods and commercial baked goods contain cholesterol-raising trans fats that are main culprits of high cholesterol. It is important to cut back on the cholesterol and total fat, especially saturated and trans fats.

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  • AHealthy Humans answered

    If you have high cholesterol, it is best to eat a reduced fat diet. Dietary fat should be limited to 25-30% of daily caloric intake. It is especially important to reduce saturated fat from red meat and high fat dairy products (butter, cheese, milk) to less than 10%. Also, so called "trans fats"or "partially hydrogenated" oils present in many packaged snack foods, bakery products,margarines and fried foods are particularly likely to lead to problems with high cholesterol.These trans fats not only raise LDL cholesterol they actually lower HDL cholesterol and further increase the risk of heart disease. You need to specifically read food labels for "trans fats" or"partially hydrogenated" oils to avoid them. It is best to avoid using oils for cooking other thancold-pressed virgin olive oil or sesame oil.

    Many people think that eggs should be avoided to lower cholesterol. Eggs are an excellent protein source so rather than avoid eggs altogether, limit them to 5-7/week. Use organic eggs from free-range chickens. The cholesterol in the yolk is far more dangerous if it is oxidized which occurs when the yolk is broken. So either poached or hard-boiled eggs are best or use eggwhites only.

    Also, remember that high triglycerides are associated with obesity and heart disease. Diets highin refined carbohydrates (bakery products, foods rich in sugar or high fructose corn syrup) and sweetened drinks (sodas) will raise triglycerides and should be eaten sparingly if at all.

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