Just a small scoop of ice cream packs 11 grams of saturated fat -- far more than in an egg or a steak. And the more saturated fat you eat, the higher your "bad" cholesterol can rise.
You still need to limit the cholesterol you eat, though. Less than 10 percent of your calories should come from saturated fats. Keep trans fats consumption as low as possible by limiting foods that contain synthetic sources of trans fats, such as partially hydrogenated oils, and by limiting other solid fats. For example, replace foods that are higher in solid fats (e.g., red and processed meats), with choices that are lower in solid fats and calories and/or are sources of oils. These include seafood, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products, as well as lean meats, poultry, and eggs.