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15 Foods That Can Worsen High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by lipids in the bloodstream that helps the body build healthy cells, but when cholesterol levels raise too high, this waxy substance starts building up in your arteries and can lead to cardiovascular disease. It is important for those with high cholesterol to make lifestyle changes that can help lower the numbers. Making dietary changes is an important step in lowering cholesterol.

Foods That Can Raise Cholesterol

Some foods that can contribute to high cholesterol and should be avoided or limited include:

  1. Saturated fats like butter, lard and bacon grease (use extra virgin olive oil instead)
  2. Coconut and coconut-based products are high in fat and can raise cholesterol levels
  3. Hydrogenated vegetable oils like those in shortening, condiments and junk food
  4. High-fat meats such as beef, sausages, processed meat or bacon
  5. Organ meats like liver or kidney meat
  6. Alcohol can drive up triglyceride levels
  7. Dried fruit as it is high in sugar
  8. Oil-Packed Fish (choose water-packed or fresh instead)
  9. Certain snacks like chips or microwave popcorn (aside from being starch-based, it is loaded with chemical butter substitutes)
  10. Starchy veggies like corn or potatoes
  11. Rich desserts such as milk chocolate and puddings
  12. Sugar – try having your coffee black and consider baking with substitutes for sugar such as stevia
  13. Sugary drinks like pop or juice
  14. Full-fat milk products (stick to low fat choices)
  15. Simple carbs such as those found in muffins, crackers or white bread

Limiting these foods is a good start toward lowering your cholesterol. Keep an eye out for the best foods to help control high cholesterol in the future! Thanks for visiting DocChat.


Do You Know The Scary Nutritional Facts of These Common Snacks?

We all love our comfort snacks like chips, donuts and soda, but did you ever stop to think about what is really in your favorite fatty snack? These items are nicknamed ‘junk food’ for a reason! To test your knowledge, try these questions before scrolling down to see the answers. No peeking!

  1. One can of coke contains:
    a) 5.5 teaspoons of sugar
    b) 22 teaspoons of sugar
    c) 9.5 teaspoons of sugar
  2. One regular beer contains:
    a) 120 calories
    b) 150 calories
    c) 97 calories
  3. One medium bowl of potato chips contains:
    a) 14 grams of fat
    b) 30 grams of fat
    c) 20 grams of fat
  4. A breakfast muffin contains:
    a) Over 400 calories
    b) 135 calories
    c) 315 calories
  5. One regular milk chocolate bar contains:
    a) 38 grams of sugar
    b) 22 grams of sugar
    c) 12 grams of sugar
  6. A medium fast food fries contain:
    a) Over 400 calories
    b) Under 260 calories
    c) 320 calories
  7. How much fat is in one chocolate dip donut?
    a) 25 grams
    b) 50 grams
    c) 10 grams
  8. How much sodium is in one medium plate of nachos with cheese?
    a) 450 mg
    b) 600 mg
    c) 800 mg




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  1. C. 1 can of coke 9.5 teaspoons of sugar (22 grams). According to the American Heart Society, that is nearly woman’s whole daily sugar allowance (25 grams)!
  2. B. 1 regular beer contains over 150 calories.
  3. C. Nearly 20 grams of fat in a regular-sized bowl of potato chips.
  4. A. Over 400 calories in breakfast muffin.
  5. B. There is over 22 grams of sugar in a regular milk chocolate bar.
  6. A. 340-400 calories in medium fast food fries.
  7. A. There is 25 grams of fat in 1 chocolate covered donut.
  8. C. Nearly 800 grams of sodium in medium sized plate of nachos with cheese! That is more than a third of your daily allowance!

There you go! Enough incentive to reach for a peach instead of a donut? Check out some our healthier snacks ideas! Thanks for visiting DocChat! Stay healthy and happy!