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Avoiding, or cutting down on cholesterol high foods will go a long way to help you avoid the risk of developing heart disease. It’s as simple as that. There are too many published international medical studies that prove without doubts that cholesterol high foods and saturated fats in our diets should be kept to a minimum.

Confusion between lipids and cholesterol.

Let us take a look into the difference between lipids and cholesterol. Lipids are fats that are found in the blood. The two main lipids that are found in the blood are cholesterol and triglycerides. In order for your body to transport these fats through the blood stream, it wraps them up in tiny little particles known as lipoproteins. You have probably heard of low-density lipoprotein, LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and high-density lipoproteins, HDL or “good” cholesterol.


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Now cholesterol, on the other hand, is an organic substance found in animal cells and body fluids. The body can produce all the cholesterol it needs, and the liver takes care of this. However, most people consume too much cholesterol and fat from the food they eat. Surprisingly, cholesterol is not all bad, in fact it is necessary for normal cell development and repair. However, a high fat diet will increase total cholesterol which, in time, will increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Some cholesterol high foods that you should avoid:

  • Whole milk, cream and ice cream
  • Butter, egg yolks and cheese - and foods made with them
  • High-fat processed meats like sausage, bologna, salami and hot dogs
  • Fatty meats that aren't trimmed. Stick with lean meat
  • Bakery goods made with egg yolks and saturated fats
  • Saturated oils like coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil
  • Fried foods
  • Nuts (especially cashews, pistachios, brazil, and macadamia)
  • Below is a link that will take you to a database table of cholesterol high foods, starting from those with the highest content per common weight or measure. From the table you will see that 145 grams of fried chick contains 641 mg of cholesterol, 1 large egg 245 mg, and chilli con carne 134 mg. Whereas, at the other end of the scale almonds have zero cholesterol! Remember, cholesterol is not to be confused with fats. For more information on this subject try consulting the “Lipids, Fats & Oils section of our site by clicking the menu button to your left. Please visit our Free download by selecting the following link:

    The Low and High Cholesterol Database

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