High Cholesterol- 10 Foods to avoid

High Cholesterol and heart disease are serious concerns for many people. Cholesterol is a waxy fat like substance found in all cells of the body. The body needs cholesterol to produce hormones, vitamin D and substances that help you to digest food.

In order to reduce your risk of developing High Cholesterol there are many foods which you should avoid as many different foods such as hamburgers, french fries, cupcakes, doughnuts and many others can cause your cholesterol levels to increase. If you have too much of these foods in your diet then it is a greater possibility your high cholesterol will worsen or develop. Read on to find out the types of foods you should avoid if you have High Cholesterol.


1. Red Meat

Red Meats such as beef, lamb, and pork tend to contain more cholesterol and saturated fat than other meats. This contributes to increasing your cholesterol levels and make existing heart diseases worse. Healthy alternatives to red meat include vegetable proteins, like beans, healthier chicken not fried, omega-3 such as salmon, tuna.


2. Liver Meat

The highest concentrated levels of cholesterol in animals are found in organ meat. Liver can add to your levels of high cholesterol as this is the organ is body’s primary source of cholesterol.


3. Baked Goods and Muffins

Baked muffins at home with whole milk and eggs and fill with extra treats such as chocolate, can have up to 8 grams of fat in one serving. This will increase your cholesterol levels as well as purchasing muffins in café’s which have high fat and a high amount of sugar such as chocolate chip muffins or chocolate muffins. Try to avoid muffins as best as possible to reduce your risk of developing high cholesterol or if you have high cholesterol avoid these foods to help bring your cholesterol levels down. Baked Goods such as a cupcake, some cookies and a slice of cake can be hard to resist; however if you have high cholesterol you need to stay away from and avoid these baked goods as they are filled with many fats and sugars which can raise your cholesterol levels.


4. Butter and Margarine

Margarine is loaded with cholesterol. Margarine contains a high amount of cholesterol and saturated fat just as butter. Research has proven that there are some forms of margarine specifically hard stick margarines which are worse for the heart than butter. Try to avoid butter and margarine or cut down if you suffer from high cholesterol to help manage high cholesterol.


5. Popcorn

Popcorn is very bad for your health as it is loaded with butter, oil and salt, as well as sweet popcorn, salt popcorn, toffee popcorn etc. and is not a normal healthy choice. These extras that are a normal part of popcorn can add to your cholesterol levels. If you have high cholesterol try to avoid purchasing popcorn at the cinema instead try healthier snack choices.


6. Mac and Cheese

This creamy selection of cheeses and pasta including the ingredients that make up this dish such as whole milk, butter, cheese is filled with saturated fats and cholesterol. Eating too much of this in your diet will cause your cholesterol levels to worsen overtime. If you have high cholesterol you should avoid eating mac and cheese due to its high fat content.


7. Hamburgers

Beef patties can be loaded with anything including bacon, onions, cheese and bacon etc. This is very high in saturated fats. Fast food restaurants are normally a fast and easy solution. However, if you have high cholesterol you should avoid eating a hamburger as it is very high in cholesterol due to the fat and grease contained and ingredients within the burger especially processed.


8. Fried Chicken and French Fries

Fried chicken is packed with a high amount of cholesterol as well as fats. French fries are a very high cholesterol food due to high fat content. You should avoid eating both these foods if you have high cholesterol to reduce your risk of it worsening.


9. Cream Cheese

This is often eaten in a bagel, baked in cakes, or even in crackers or sandwiches. This food contains a very high level of cholesterol. One ounce of cream cheese can contain 27mg of cholesterol. You should avoid eating this if you have high cholesterol.


10. Shellfish

If you have high cholesterol you should avoid eating shellfish. This is due to the high cholesterol content included in certain sea foods such as lobster. Three ounces of lobster contains 61mg of cholesterol.

To find out the best foods to include in your diet to help manage High Cholesterol Read our blog article on food remedies for lowering High Cholesterol https://www.nationwidepharmacies.co.uk/nwp-news/food-remedies-for-lowering-cholesterol/