Which High Cholesterol Foods Should I Avoid?

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Many people believe that they should automatically avoid high cholesterol foods. However, medical research on this topic suggests that most people do not need to be too concerned with consumption of cholesterol, but need to be especially concerned with consumption of certain types of fats. People who have conditions like heart disease or diabetes are cautioned by the medical community to avoid especially high cholesterol foods, but they also must watch their intake of saturated fats and trans fats. In particular, trans fats are the most damaging and raise bad cholesterol (LDL or low-density lipoproteins) blood levels while lowering good cholesterol (HDL or high-density lipoproteins) levels, and these should be a minimal part of any diet or completely eliminated.

Some people do seem to have a nearly automatic response when they eat high cholesterol foods. These folks are called responders, and they should avoid foods high in dietary cholesterol. For most people though, eating something like an egg a day is not going to greatly affect cholesterol levels, and they should be more mindful of reducing saturated and trans fats in the diet.

A list of high cholesterol foods that some people should avoid include the following:

  • Eggs contain about 225 mg of cholesterol per egg.
  • Beef liver has 300 mg of cholesterol per a 3.5 oz (99.22 g) serving.
  • Beef kidney contains 375 mg of cholesterol in a 3.5 oz serving.
  • Sponge cake made with egg yolks can have 260 mg of cholesterol per a serving of 3.5 ounces.
  • Butter has 250 mg of cholesterol in 1 oz (28.35g).

Other high cholesterol foods include hard and soft cheeses, though an ounce serving of these may only contain about 25-30 grams of cholesterol. 3.5 ounces of ice cream has about 45 mg of cholesterol, and lower fat versions may contain even less. The same amount serving of foods like lamb, beef and chicken provides 60-70 mg of cholesterol.

Most people are asked to keep cholesterol limits to 300 mg a day. It is possible to have small steak and a serving of ice cream without reaching 300 mg. However, two eggs can easily put someone over their cholesterol limit for the day, as can toast or a baked potato heaped with butter.

Those who are responders or who have known heart conditions and diabetes may be asked to limit cholesterol intake to 100 mg a day, and this can cut out some foods. With some careful planning though, people may be able to have some of their favorites. Skipping cholesterol for two days in a row could mean they could have an egg on the third day and stay in these limits. Alternately, many people will have egg whites because the yolk contains most of the egg’s cholesterol.


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Post 3

Subway11-I also hear that oatmeal is a great food for lowering your cholesterol. Getting plenty of daily exercise also makes a dramatic difference in your cholesterol levels.

Walking daily for thirty minutes everyday is great for your heart and overall mental health.

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Sunny27-Foods to avoid high cholesterol are butter, ice cream and cheese.

These foods if used sparingly don’t usually create a cholesterol problem. But eating too many of these foods too often can raise the cholesterol to dangerous levels.

Foods causing high cholesterol include anything fried or made with Tran’s fats. Foods that contain hydrogenated oil also contain Tran’s fat even though the label does not note it.

Foods for people with high cholesterol should include salads and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

In addition, whole grains and foods rich in fiber are also beneficial. Beans for example, not only lower your cholesterol, but stabilize your blood sugar which allows you the opportunity to avoid a dip in energy that usually occurs in the afternoon.

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Some of the worst foods for high cholesterol include cheeseburger and French fries. A typical or average size cheeseburger has cholesterol of over 150, which is 50% of the maximum daily cholesterol limit.

If you add French fries along with a milkshake you have exceeded your cholesterol limit for the day. Eating this meal repeatedly can cause high levels of bad cholesterol.

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