7 foods you should avoid if you have high cholesterol

7 foods you should avoid if you have high cholesterol
7 foods you should avoid if you have high cholesterol

There are several potential factors that can increase your risk of high cholesterol. This includes genetics as well as the foods you eat.

The diet can provide different types of fats, such as saturated, unsaturated and trans.

Saturated fats, found mainly in foods of animal origin and processed products, can increase levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood, thus increasing the risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

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Processed meats increase bad cholesterol

This type of fat can block receptors in the liver that take cholesterol from the blood and break it down.

With less cholesterol being broken down, it can build up and result in complications.

Foods rich in saturated fats that increase bad cholesterol

  • fatty and processed meats
  • cheeses
  • creams and butter
  • ready-made cakes
  • cookies
  • candy
  • ready-to-go food

What can people with high cholesterol eat?

Fiber-rich foods

Foods rich in soluble fiber, such as oats, beans, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, can help lower blood LDL cholesterol levels.

Soluble fiber acts like a sponge, absorbing cholesterol in the digestive tract and helping to eliminate it from the body before it is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna, as well as flaxseeds, chia seeds and walnuts, have beneficial effects in reducing triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels.

Foods fortified with phytosterols

Foods fortified with phytosterols, such as certain types of margarine, can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine, which can lead to lower LDL cholesterol levels.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are naturally cholesterol-free and rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that promote cardiovascular health.

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