Everyday foods that increase bad cholesterol

Red meat is very high in cholesterol and should be eaten in smaller portions.

Cholesterol is an integral component and helps facilitate various functions in the body. However, there are two different types of cholesterol. These two types are called HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein). Although HDL is healthy and important for the body, high LDL cholesterol in the body can be extremely unhealthy.

There are various foods around us that are rich in any of these cholesterols. It is important to identify what types of cholesterol you are consuming. In this article, we discuss various foods that we consume every day that are high in LDL (bad cholesterol). These are the foods to avoid if you want to lower your LDL levels.

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Everyday foods that have high bad cholesterol:

1. Processed meats

Various frozen and packaged meats have gone through lengthy processes to increase their shelf life. Some examples of processed meats are sausages, hot dogs, bacon, frozen kebabs, etc.

2. Junk food

Junk food refers to various ultra-processed foods that are often ready to eat. These foods include chips, nachos, milk chocolates, soft drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, etc. This category may also include prepared or packaged popcorn.

3. Fried food

Foods fried in oil are very bad for health and cholesterol. These foods also cause obesity. Fried food is not healthy for everyone, it is always better to use baking and air frying as alternatives.

4. Desserts

Most desserts are high in sugar, shortening, fried, or prepared with other preservatives that could increase LDL levels in your body. You should avoid foods such as ice cream, cakes, pastries, donuts, etc.

5. Fast food

Fast foods are rich in various components that increase bad cholesterol in the body. They could also increase your risk of developing obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc.

6. Pig

Pork meat, like other red meats, is very abundant in saturated fats. Certain parts of pork can be even less healthy and increase LDL cholesterol.

7. Lamb

As discussed above, red meats, including lamb, are often high in saturated fat. Be sure to buy red meat from a less processed source and eat it in smaller portions.

8. Certain organ meats

Organ meats are known and consumed for their exceptionally high nutritional value. However, they are also high in fat and should be avoided by people with high LDL.

9. Birds with fur

Poultry foods are a much healthier alternative to red meat for protein, especially for people with high bad cholesterol. However, you should avoid consuming poultry with the skin on, as it could be unhealthy.

10. Dairy products

Dairy products are another food group that we eat regularly and may not be the best food group for people with high levels of bad cholesterol. Dairy products such as whole milk, cheese, and butter should be avoided.

In conclusion, bad cholesterol can be present in many foods that you think are “healthy.” Although, many of these foods are healthy and suitable to be consumed by people who have adequate levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol). You can also incorporate foods rich in water, fiber, and HDL if you want to lower your LDL. Exercise also helps lower bad cholesterol.

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