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How to Lower Cholesterol - A Look at High Cholesterol Food

Mar 18, 2008
If you have high cholesterol, or are concerned about getting it, then you may be wondering what foods you should be avoiding. Here is a look at high cholesterol foods and what they mean to you.

The food that are high in fat are usually high in cholesterol too. This includes most of the greasy and fatty food that are found in fast food joint, that most of us love to pick up. The greasy and heavy foods are high not just in cholesterol but also saturated fat. Saturated fat is the type of fat that are found in most animal products, will increase the level of bad cholesterol (LDL). Thus it is quite logical and normal that if you eat too much such food, your cholesterol will also increase accordingly.

It is important to know that high cholesterol food is not a problem by itself. It is more important to know how much saturated fat that was eaten. It is important because the liver will produce more bad cholesterol and triglycerides in order for the saturated fat to be digested.

For this reason, just because a food is labeled "cholesterol free" does not mean that it is going to make a difference in your own personal cholesterol levels. If the product is still high in saturated fat, your body will continue to make cholesterol.

One example of a food that would fall under this category is coconut oil. Coconut oil is a vegetable oil, so there is no cholesterol in it, and therefore could be labeled in theory as being "low cholesterol" or "cholesterol free." Unfortunately for the uniformed consumer, the amount of saturated fat in coconut oil is so high that it can definitely cause a problem for your cholesterol levels.

So be-careful with the food label, as high cholesterol is not just high in cholesterol contain in the food. It can also mean that it contain high level of saturated fat that will cause you liver to produce the bad cholesterol that you want to avoid.

To help with you next shopping trip, I have compiled the following list of labels and what it meant to the food it contain within. A label that is "cholesterol free" do not contain cholesterol but you have to look out for its saturated fat content, usually food with this label meant it has less then 2 milligrams of cholesterol and less then 2 milligrams of fat. A "low cholesterol" label has less then 20 milligrams of cholesterol and less then 2 grams of saturated fat. A " low fat" label contain less then 3 grams of fat per serving. "Reduced fat" has less then 25% fat compare to similar food with "normal" label. "Fat free" label may still contain fat but should be less then 1/2 a milligram of fat per serving.

In general avoiding foods with animal products, will be a good choice. Processes foods in terms of pastries and cookies also contain high level of saturated fats.
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My cholesterol level used to be more then 300, I've lower it naturally without medication in 60 days. Read my story at How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally
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