Food and Your Health: Cholesterol
8 Foods That Can Cause High Cholesterol
Cholesterol-Raising Foods in Your Diet
You don't have to be a nutritionist to know that you shouldn't eat fries and fried chicken on a regular basis. They're loaded with sodium and saturated fat — and a diet high in saturated fats and trans fats can raise blood cholesterol levels, putting you at risk for heart disease, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
Many foods that come from animals — like meat and fat-containing dairy products — contain saturated fats, while baked goods and fast foods pack in trans fats too. Because LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels in particular can be too high on a high-saturated-fat diet, that saturated fats make up no more than 5 to 6 percent of your total calories. On a diet of 2,000 calories a day, that’s 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat at most.
It’s worth noting that the thinking has changed about what increases cholesterol in the body. Although it’s still important to limit the amount of cholesterol you get from foods, it’s the combination of fats and carbohydrates that may have the greatest effect on your blood cholesterol levels. Moderation and balance are key.
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