Foods High in Cholesterol and Fat
Taking foods high in cholesterol is bad to the body. One of the main reason of high cholesterol, or hypercholesterolemia is unbalanced diet. Cholesterol is being produced by our body so if we eat too much foods high in cholesterol then we will have high level of cholesterol which could lead to heart disease.
However not all foods high in levels of cholesterol and not all fats are bad in fact it is needed by our body. It provides energy and helps builds healthy cells and protects our organs. There are three basic types of fats: monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and saturated fats. The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are good for the body and helps raises the good cholesterol. Foods that high in monounsaturated fats are peanuts, almonds, avocados and canola and olive oil. Polyunsaturated fats are found in seafood like shrimps, salmon, mackerel, corn and sunflower oils.
The basic rule of avoiding foods high in levels of cholesterol is not really correct. We should avoid food that high in saturated fats or bad cholesterol. There are some foods high in cholesterol but hardly affects your cholesterol level. One example is egg, back then people thought that eating eggs is not good for the health because of its high fats contents but experts say it does not affect your cholesterol or if it does its so minimal. What you need to do is to avoid frying your egg. Coconut or palm oil contains saturated fats that can raise your bad cholesterol. Butter should also be avoided, you can substitute it with canola or olive oil. Bacon, meat and poultry are also high in saturated fats, so limit eating that type of food.
Foods high in cholesterol that you should also avoid are foods that high in trans fat because it increases the level of bad cholesterol while decreasing the level of good cholesterol. This type of fat is found in fast foods and most commercially prepared products and baked foods. These foods high in levels of cholesterol normally have hydrogenated oil for increase shelf life and decrease the need for refrigeration. You can read the nutritional label of commercially prepared food if it states hydrogenated then it contains trans fat.
As mentioned above, it’s okay to eat foods high in cholesterol or fats since its also needed by our body but be mindful of how much fat you are taking in. It’s recommended to eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol daily so always check the nutritional label of food that you eat.