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What Should You Avoid If You Have High Cholesterol?

  • By: TLC Cholesterol
  • Date: January 30, 2020
  • Time to read: 1 min.

You need a certain amount of cholesterol in your body because it’s an essential building block for cell membranes. It helps produce certain hormones, vitamin D, and substances that work to digest fatty foods.

But too much cholesterol from the following foods can start to accumulate in your arteries, blocking circulation and possibly leading to coronary heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.

Red meat, especially fatty beef

Lamb

Pork

Poultry with skin

Organ meats, such as kidney and liver

Bacon

Sausage

Lard and shortening

Dairy products made from whole or reduced-fat milk

Saturated vegetable oils, such as coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil

Packaged cookies, cakes, donuts, and pastries

Potato chips and crackers

Packaged frosting

Commercially fried foods

Bakery goods that contain shortening

Buttered popcorn

Any products that contain partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated vegetable oils

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