High Cholesterol Foods Diet: Risks for Heart Disease and Stroke

High cholesterol is almost always found contained in foods from animal sources in varying degrees. Examples of major food sources of high LDL cholesterol are egg yolk, milk, meat, poultry, shellfish, and cheese.

These are the bad foods that are high in LDL, the bad cholesterol, the elevated levels of which are responsible for increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke and should not be included in your diet. Plan your diet accordingly.

You must avoid and such high cholesterol foods and have your cholesterol levels checked as advised if you consume such foods regularly.

High cholesterol is a silent condition. It does cause any symptoms and you could have it and not know it.

You are then at a risk of developing complications, which can send you directly to the ICU.

There are other causes of having high cholesterol levels in the blood, but a diet of the bad LDL cholesterol foods is the leading cause.

High cholesterol foods chart

Below is a table showing the names of the foods high in cholesterol content and the quantity of cholesterol in each of its serving. You must avoid these foods especially if you have raised cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Check out its content in the major animal foods vs that in the plant foods.

FoodServing SizeCholesterol
Boiled egg (the yolk)1225 mg
Cream cheese1oz27 mg
Cheddar cheese1oz19 mg
Butter3.5oz250 mg
Lamb3.5oz70 mg
Beefsteak3.5oz70 mg
Chicken skin3.5oz60 mg
Kidney, beef3.5oz375 mg
Liver, beef3.5oz300 mg
Ice Cream3.5oz45 mg
Sponge cake3.5oz260 mg

Cholesterol in plant foods

All vegetables – 0 mg.

All fruits – 0 mg.
All grains- 0 mg.
All pulses – 0 mg.
All nuts – 0 mg.
All seeds- 0 mg.
All vegetable oils – 0 mg.

Here is a further list of the worst foods to exclude from your regular diet

Oils to avoid

  • Palm oil
  • Coconut oil

Saturated fats

Eating saturated fats is the main cause of high cholesterol. Though it tends to raise HDL the good cholesterol, it also raises LDL, the bad cholesterol significantly. The American Heart Association recommends limiting your saturated fat intake to less than 7 percent of your total daily calories. Even a moderate reduction will reduce your LDL numbers.

Examples include:

  • Butter
  • Bacon drippings
  • Lard

Trans fats

These are foods that are commercially made and packed to increase shelf life. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils go through a manufacturing process to make them solid and increase their shelf life. They make up 75% of the trans fatty acids in the American diet.

The American Heart Association recommends that your trans fat consumption should not exceed one percent of total calorie consumption on any given day. Study the nutrition facts label and if they say hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, then there are trans fats in there.

Examples include hard margarine, snack crackers, cookies, chips, and shortenings.

Fatty meats

Corned beef, pastrami (a meat product made from beef, mutton or pork), ribs, ground meat, steak, hot dogs, sausage, bacon, and processed meats like bologna.

Milk products

Restrict products made from milk that has more than 1% fat such as cream and cheese. Use instead products made from fat-free (0.2% milk fat) or low-fat milk with 0% to 1% fat.

No fast foods

Avoid fast foods like hamburgers, fried chicken, fries, and tacos.

In spite of these restrictions, some kind-hearted experts are a little liberal and allow you to go for such foods if you love them once a week, provided:

  • Your cholesterol levels are under control
  • You exercise regularly
  • You stick to the advised diet otherwise.
  • You take the prescribed medication as advised.

 

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