High cholesterol is the main cause of many heart attacks. Having high cholesterol also increases the risk of strokes, angina, high blood pressure and diabetes. Here is a list of 12 foods you should avoid or cut down on to help your cholesterol.

Top 12 bad cholesterol foods

1, Fried Chicken and Fries:   Loaded with sodium, fat and cholesterol.

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2, Fats & Oils:  Stay away from butter, lard and switch to healthy oils.

3, Hamburgers: High in both total fat and saturated fats which will all lead to high cholesterol.

4, Pies & Pastries: The fillings and the crusts all contain a hefty dose of saturated fats which builds up and causes high cholesterol. Also limit cakes, cookies, cracker, muffins and doughnuts. All contain high saturated fat which then leads to high cholesterol.

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5, Egg Yolk: The yolk of one single egg provides 210mg of cholesterol, so try to stick with just the egg whites which is where the protein is.

6, Liver: Liver from most meat will contain 564mg of cholesterol per 100grams! A small portion of liver is good for your heart, so it’s about finding the right balance.

7, Oil Packed Fish: Even though fish is good for your heart, the oiled paced fish does contain a lot of cholesterol, so it’s about finding the right portion size.

8, Sausages:  Sausages, along with most fatty meats, are very high in saturated fats.

9, Cream: Cream is also very high in saturated fats and high in dairy which also causes high cholesterol.

10, Ghee: Ghee is an Indian version of a clarified butter (i.e. butter that has had its milk solids removed) it’s made with 80% milk fats or great and about two-thirds of them fats are saturated fats.

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11, Macaroni and Cheese: The typical Mac-and-cheese ingredients—whole milk, butter, and cheese—are loaded with saturated fats and cholesterol. But this all-American comfort recipe does not have to be a high-cholesterol food. Substitute 1 percent milk and evaporated milk for butter and whole milk and use  low-fat cheese… you can decrease your calories and have your Macaroni and Cheese with less than half the fat and cholesterol of the traditional recipe.

12, Rib-Eye Steak: Even under the best of circumstances, a 4-ounce rib-eye steak takes up a big chunk of your recommended daily allowance for saturated fat and cholesterol. With nothing else on your plate, you will be eating 20 percent of your allowable saturated fat and 22 percent of your cholesterol, which doesn’t leave much room for the rest of the day. If you’re not ready to say goodbye to beef, consider leaner cuts of meat — such as tenderloin, flank, round, rump, or tip steak — for lower cholesterol.

The main thing to think about is the amount of saturated fats there are in your foods. You don’t have to cut out all the foods altogether just minimise the amount you eat and try to switch to a healthier substitute.

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