10 Unhealthiest Diet Habits for High Cholesterol

Not eating enough fiber

People with high cholesterol should try extra hard to get the recommended 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day.

Eating packaged snacks

"These foods often have hydrogenated oils added to extend the shelf life," reveals McAvoy. Many of these oils are of the saturated kind

Avoiding soy

If you've steered clear of soy because it gets a bad reputation for causing reproductive problems and even certain types of cancer, you might want to reconsider a full ban

Avoiding all fats

Research shows that replacing saturated and trans fats with poly- and monounsaturated fats is associated with healthy LDL and HDL cholesterol levels."

Frying your foods

The oils typically used to fry foods, like peanut oil and vegetable oil, are usually high in trans fats, which are notorious cholesterol-raisers.

Eating processed foods

"Studies show an association between higher intakes of ultra-processed foods and a greater risk for cardiovascular disease."

dairy products

cheese is very high in saturated fat, the type of fat that clogs your arteries and increases your cholesterol levels,"

Drinking too much alcohol

Once you go beyond that, Rueven warns, alcohol has the opposite effect on cholesterol, increasing the risk for heart disease and raising triglyceride levels.

calories from animal products

Plant-based eating is usually associated with lower levels of LDL cholesterol, but you don't have to go full vegan to reap the benefits; many people choose

Eliminating carbs

If you went carb-free when your doctor told you that you have high cholesterol levels, this dietary choice could actually be making it harder

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