9 Surprising Foods That May Raise Your Cholesterol
Ghee (Clarified Butter)
Ghee is part of a traditional Indian diet, but it's very high in saturated fat. "It is also high in palmitic acid, which is artery-clogging," says Columbia University nutrition researcher Wahida Karmally, RD. If it works for your recipe, use olive oil or a trans fat-free margarine instead of ghee. If not, limit how much ghee you use.
Pie and Pastries
"Flaky crusts, streusel topping, custard filling, cheese-filled pastries -- these all promise a hefty dose of saturated fat, because they often include butter, shortening, cream, cream cheese, and/or whole milk," Moore says. It's the butter or shortening that makes the crust so nice and flaky. Choose fruit pies and eat mostly filling and only a few bites of the crust for a lower-fat and calorie treat.
Movie Theater Tub Popcorn
If it's popped in fats, then topped off with more fat, that's a problem. Shave the fat and calories by skipping the buttery topping, and opt for a smaller portion.
3 Cooking Tips
The way you prepare foods can also affect your cholesterol level.
Diekman shares three tips:
- Avoid fried foods.
- Remove extra fat from meats, and skin from poultry, before cooking.
- Use nonstick pans, cooking spray, or small amounts of vegetable oil when you're preparing food.