There are a few buzzword-foods that we all know are biggies in the no no department when it comes to keeping our cholesterol in check. These foods are chock full of unhealthy saturated fats, and they can play havoc on your cholesterol levels – your bad cholesterol levels, that is, if you consume them too much.
One of the biggest offenders, if consumed in more than moderation, is eggs. Of course, the egg white is purely nutritious and has plenty of health benefits because it is nothing but pure, fat free protein, and extremely low in calories as well. However, the egg yolk, which itself has some great nutrients and vitamins in it, can be bad when you consume too many of them. This means that you should either eliminate or reduce the size of the yolk if you are consuming eggs, when you scramble or prepare them, and limit your consumption of this part of the egg if you can.
Another food that’s bad for your cholesterol regulation is bacon. Not only is bacon high in saturated, cholesterol unfriendly fat, but it is also incredibly salty, which can add to hypertension (high blood pressure), and increase water weight gain, put more pressure on the heart. It’s a good thing that trans fats are being reduced or banned in many foods or many locales also, because trans fats were a major offender in the battle against bad cholesterol.
Trans fats are hydrogenated, which means they go through a chemical process that allows them to have a longer shelf life, and also makes them a little tastier, however eating trans fats really has no health benefits whatsoever, and in fact has so many detrimental effects to cholesterol levels and contributing to obesity that it has been banned in many cases by local governments in cities, and also has been banned in several foods by the makers voluntarily, like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and other fast food joints.