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What foods increase my risk for high cholesterol?

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Your risk of having high cholesterol increases if:

  • Your diet is high in saturated fat. These fats, found in meat and full-fat dairy products, raise LDL cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol, found in eggs and organ meats, can also raise blood cholesterol levels, but not as much as saturated fat does.
  • You eat foods containing trans fats. These are artificially made fats found in partially hydrogenated oils. They raise LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol -- exactly the wrong combination.
  • You eat processed foods or foods high in carbohydrates. These types of foods have also been shown to increase LDL cholesterol.

From: High Cholesterol in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

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