Which foods can make your high cholesterol even worse?
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Avoid these 5 foods if you wish to avoid bad cholesterol build-up in your arteries.
1) There are 2 main types of cholesterol – High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). Scientists have found that HDL cholesterol is needed by the body, and studies prove that a high level of this type of cholesterol can lower your risk for heart disease. But LDL cholesterol can lead to a build-up of plaque in the arteries, and it is associated with heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. So the trick is to lower LDL cholesterol, while maintaining healthy levels of HDL cholesterol.
2) Simple sugar carbohydrate foods, like white bread, white flour pastas, and white rice, are considered to be high on the glycemic index, and high G.I. foods will typically cause your blood sugar levels to rise rapidly after you eat them. This spike in blood sugar causes your insulin to rise, which can then lead to an increase of LDL cholesterol, while also decreasing needed HDL cholesterol.
3) Saturated fats, like ones found in coconut oil, palm oil, and butter, can increase risk factors for heart disease, like increased LDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein B. Coconut oil has been touted for its health benefits of late, but coconut oil contains very high amounts of saturated fat – in some cases up to 50% higher saturated fat content than butter.
4) Deep-fried foods, especially French fries, can be detrimental to your cholesterol, as the deep-frying process actually strips food of beneficial nutrients, at the same time adding excessive amounts of simple sugar carbohydrate content and unhealthy fat content. Deep-fried foods usually contain high-sugar white flour batter, plus extra saturated and trans-fat content from the cooking oils in which they are fried.
5) Trans-fats, found in certain processed products, especially deep-fried foods, can worsen your cholesterol. Observational studies show that the consumption of trans-fats can increase LDL cholesterol, decrease HDL cholesterol, and as a result, lead to coronary heart disease. And research indicates that if trans-fat makes up as little as 4 to 6% of your daily calories, it’s still enough to cause elevated LDL cholesterol.
6) Sodas and other soft drinks do not typically contain any cholesterol. However, their high levels of added sugars have been found to increase triglycerides while decreasing levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol. Studies now show that adults who drink one or more high-sugar sodas per day have a heightened risk of developing dyslipidemia, or cholesterol levels outside of the healthy range.
Specificially, these studies revealed that regular sugary drink consumers have a 53% higher chance of developing heightened triglyceride levels, but a 98% higher chance of developing dangerously low levels of needed HDL cholesterol.