A recent online article displayed 10 foods you should avoid if you are watching your cholesterol. Not a bad topic considering that approximately one in every six adults has high total cholesterol in the United States. That’s 16% of the U.S. adult population with “high” levels, defined as total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL and above.
People with high total cholesterol have approximately twice the risk of heart disease as people with optimal levels. According to CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a desirable level is lower than 200 mg/dL. Many of these foods are also extremely high in salt and fat, and should be avoided by people who have high cholesterol.
The list of 10 Foods to avoid if you’re watching your cholesterol include: shellfish, cream cheese, caviar, duck, ice cream, eggs, fast food, shrimp, bacon, and butter.
If you take a look at the top 10 high cholesterol content foods, you may not need to worry about a couple of them, who is really eating caviar or duck these days? However, some of the foods listed are frequently part of the American diet particularly eggs, cream cheese, butter, bacon and any type of fast food.
Eggs top the list as the yolks of eggs have the most cholesterol of any food, with 1234 mg per 100 g serving. This translates to 411 percent of the USDA’s recommended daily allowance for cholesterol.
Check out these cholesterol numbers: cream cheese contains 27 mg per 1oz, one tablespoon of butter contains 30g, one piece of bacon contains about 9 mg, and a typical fast food burger averages between 60 and 150 mg, while chicken nuggets contain between 30 and 50 mg. Fast food breakfasts are the worst with a classic egg-based breakfast sandwich contains about 260 mg of cholesterol, though larger sizes can have as much as 465 mg.
Eat healthy, exercise and stay away from the foods listed above. Moreover, natural supplements can help to regulate healthy cholesterol levels.
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