A diet high in saturated fats, and trans fats can raise blood cholesterol levels and put you at risk for heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.
It is better limiting saturated fats and oils, such as butter, bacon drippings, lard, palm oil, and coconut oil. Instead, use vegetable oils, such as olive or canola oil. Trans fats are also found in some hard margarines, snack crackers, cookies, and chips.
Foods that come from animals — fatty meat such as corned beef, pastrami, ribs, steak, ground meat, hot dogs, sausage, bacon, and processed meat, as well as organ meats like liver and kidney may increase cholesterol.
Dairy products like whole milk, butter, and cheese, loaded with saturated fats and cholesterol. Limit the eating of cream, non dairy coffee creamers or whipped toppings.
Snack crackers, muffins, quick breads, croissants, and cakes made with saturated or hydrogenated fat, whole eggs, or whole milk.
Fast foods like hamburgers, fries, fried chicken, and tacos. They are high in both total fat and saturated fat.
Shellfish and seafood, fish and fish oil have a moderate amount of cholesterol; as long as you stay conscious of portion size and maintain an otherwise balanced eating plan, shellfish can easily be incorporated into a heart healthy diet.
Eggs, especially the egg yolk. People who have difficulty controlling their high cholesterol may want to be cautious about eating egg yolks and instead choose foods made with egg whites.
However, it does not mean that these foods are banned, but everyone must consider the moderation and the balance in terms of eating these foods.
This means to take into account the amount and how often you eat these foods.
Keep in mind, plant products, including fruits, vegetables, vegetable oil, soy products, and so on, do not contain cholesterol.