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Cholesterol Rich Foods to Avoid

Updated on June 22, 2014

A Little Cholesterol Background

High cholesterol is one of the very few risk factors that is controllable by the individual. Unfortunately there are many people that either don't know that they can and how to do it or they consider it to much effort to try to control. High cholesterol levels are very high risk factors for heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. The higher your bad cholesterol levels rise the more likely you are to run the risk of having coronary heart disease. So, what are the different types of cholesterol and what is good and what is bad?

LDL (bad) cholesterol

LDL stands for low density lipoprotein. When you have too much of this circulating in your blood it can and most likely will slowly build in the inner walls of your arteries that feed the heart and brain. I'm sure you can see the problem. This bad cholesterol gets together with other substances in the body and begins to build a plaque that will narrow arteries, make blood flow more difficult and make the arteries less flexible.

HDL (good) cholesterol

HDL is high density lipoproteins and these are the good guys, this is the cholesterol that is thought to protect the heart from having a heart attack. It is believed that HDL carries cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver which then passes it from the body. Higher levels of this cholester is considered to be good so it stands to reason that lower level is not so good. Lower levels of the HDL cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease.ol

Triglycerides

A triglyceride is a form of fat that is made in the body. Common sense may tell you that higher levels of triglycerides is caused by being overweight or obese. Did you know that higher levels are also caused by pyhsical inacitivity, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol consumption and a diet that is very high in caarbohydrates. If you have a high triglyceride level you usually have a high LDL level and a low HDL level. Not a good thing.


So, what do you do to help control these level? There are many things but, I am going to concentrate on what foods to avoid. If you can get your diet on the right track you can then start looking into an exercise program, stop smoking and drinking and start living.


Foods to Avoid

Meats/Fish

pork, bacon, sausage, duck, goose, marbled beef, skin and fat on turkey and chicken, luncheon meats, hot dogs, kidneys, liver, and any processed meat . The only fish I found that is to be avoided is canned fish packed in oil.

Fruits

coconuts - this is the only fruit I have come across that is on the no-no list and that is because it is high in saturated fats.

Vegetables

potatoes, corn, Lima beans, dried peas ( these are starchy vegetables), and avocados. An occasional potato, baked of course, is allowable because of the high fiber content.

Beans

baked beans with sugar and pork added to them

Eggs

Avoid egg yolks, limit yourself to two yolks per week. Egg whites are ok.

Nuts

Try to limit yourself to 1 tbsp of peanuts or walnuts per day.

Breads/Grains

When sugar is added to pastries, donuts, sweet rolls and other bread products the sugar converts to triglycerides. Try to avoid any baked goods made with sugar and shortening.

Milk products

whole milk and anything made with it, ice cream, pudding, yogurt, cheese and avoid nondairy creamer. However ice milk, low fat yogurts, and pudding make with 1% or fat free milk are allowed.

Fats and oils

any that is high in saturated fats or contains hydrogenated fats

Desserts and snacks

fried snack foods such as potato chips, chocolate, candy, syrup, jelly, jam, hydrogenated peanut butter

Beverages

avoid any drink containing sugar and limit your alcohol to 1 oz of liquor, 5oz of beer or 2 1/2 oz of dry table wine. The drink is to be used instead of having a bread.

Healthy Cholesterol Lowering Food
Healthy Cholesterol Lowering Food

Cholesterol levels - good and bad

Now that you have decided to start controlling your cholesterol level you need to know what the good and bad levels are.


Total Cholesterol Level

Best: less than 200 mg/dl

Borderline high: 200 -239 mg/dl

High risk: 240 mg/dl or more

LDL (bad) cholesterol

Optimal: below 100 mg/sl

Near optimal: 100-129 mg/dl

Borderline high: 130-159 mg/dl

High: 160-189 mg/dl

Very high: 190 mg/dl

HDL (good) cholesterol

Higher risk: less than 40mg/dl

Desirable: 60 mg/dl or higher

Triglycerides

Normal: less than 150 mg/dl

Borderline high: 150-199mg/dl

High: 200-499 mg/sl

Very high: 500 mg/dl or more


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for your input. You are absolutely right LDL cholesterol is a bad guy. Thanks

    • Michael Jay profile image

      Michael Jay 

      8 years ago

      LDL cholesterol should be eliminated from the body to avoid several diseases. It is great to know about the foods to avoid in order to get rid and eliminate bad cholesterol. Thanks for the information.

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