What foods should I avoid for cholesterol?
Here are some perhaps, surprising foods that experts say are the real culprits when it comes to the risk of high cholesterol level spike. Avoid these:
The main culprit is sugar in soda. It's even worse than saturated fat in raising cholesterol level and heart disease rate. A diet high in sugar and sweetened drinks like soda drives up bad LDL cholesterol while at the same time, lowers good HDL cholesterol.
2. Processed red meat
Lean and unprocessed red meat may actually improve heart health. But the consumption of processed meats is associated with higher incident of chronic heart disease. Adults who are obese or moderately overweight could benefit from red meats as long as they are lean and unprocessed.
3. Trans fat
That includes pre-packaged baked goods, desserts and even certain types of chocolates. Man-made trans fatty acids raise cholesterol and contribute to heart disease risks. Read the labels and avoid anything with hydrogenated oils.
4. Fried foods
The oils used to fry foods often contain unhealthy fats. Cook food in these oils, especially at high temperature creates a chemical reaction that increases the formation of trans fat. Avoid food such as fried chickens, fried mozzarella sticks and donuts.
5. White bread, rice, and pasta
Overeating refined carbs such as white rice, white-flour pasta, and white bread can have the same effect on your body as drinking soda. When you eat simple carbohydrates that are stripped of fiber your body breaks them down just like sugar, and as a result of that, inflammation and LDL cholesterol rise.
6. Breakfast cereal
Most cereals are made from refined carbohydrates, and tend to be packed with added sugars. Too much sugar and starch over time raise blood pressure and increase inflammation. Go for unsweetened oatmeal, which is a healthier choice.
7. Fast food
Fast food can have a detrimental effect on cholesterol. A study in 2017 found that people who ate fast food more than once a week suffered significant increase in LDL compared to people who rarely ate it. Salt is also abundant in fast food, and that raise blood pressure, another risk of heart disease. If the fast food meal includes a soft drink, that's a triple whammy.