Everyday foods that raise bad cholesterol

Red meat is very high in cholesterol and should be eaten in small 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 lipoproteins) and LDL (low density lipoproteins). 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 high in either of these cholesterols. It is important to identify the types of cholesterol you consume. In this article, we discuss various foods that we consume every day that have high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol). Here are the foods you should avoid if you want to lower your LDL levels.

Everyday foods high in bad cholesterol:

1. Charcuterie

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 potato chips, nachos, milk chocolates, sodas, fruit flavored drinks, etc. This category may also include pre-prepared or pre-packaged popcorn.

3. Fried food

Foods fried in oil are very bad for health and cholesterol. These foods also cause obesity. Fried foods are unhealthy for everyone, it is always best to use baking and air frying as alternatives.

4. Desserts

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

5. Fast food

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

6. Pork

Pork like other red meats is very high in saturated fat. Some parts of pork can be even more unhealthy and boost LDL.

7. Lamb

As noted above, red meats, including lamb, are often high in saturated fat. Be sure to buy red meats from a less processed source and consume them 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 levels.

9. Poultry with skin on

Poultry foods are a much healthier alternative to red meats 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 consume on a regular basis, which may not be the best food group for people with high bad cholesterol. Dairy products such as whole milk, cheese and butter should be avoided.

In conclusion, bad cholesterol can be present in various foods that you consider “healthy”. However, many of these foods are healthy and suitable for consumption by people who have the correct levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol). You can also incorporate foods high in water, fiber, and HDL if you want to lower your LDL levels. Physical exercise also helps lower bad cholesterol.

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides generic information only. It does not in any way replace qualified medical advice. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim any responsibility for this information.

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