1. Frozen pizza

"Frozen pizza is considered to be an ultra-processed food. Intake of ultra-processed foods are linked to increased levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol, and a higher risk of heart disease

2. Light" frozen dinners

Many of the frozen dinners at local grocery stores that are labeled 'light' or 'lean' may contain fewer calories," says DeSoto. "However, they are often high in sodium and fat.

3. Fried foods

These foods all either contain highly processed grains, refined sugars, processed oils, and often a combination of all three that increase inflammation in the body.

4. Puff pastry

"Puff pastry is typically made with a large quantity of lard or shortening which is high in saturated and trans fats that can increase bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol)

5. Frozen red meat

 Andrea Memon, RD says that people who want to lower their cholesterol should prioritize reducing red meat consumption because it's high in saturated fat

6. Full fat ice cream

"Full fat ice cream made with cream is very high in saturated fat which can increase your bad cholesterol," Rouse says.

Although frozen yogurt is commonly used as a healthier alternative to ice cream, Rouse adds that it's not the best option for lowering cholesterol either.

"Not only does excess sugar trigger higher LDL and lower HDL levels, [but] it also leads to higher amounts of triglycerides (blood fats that store extra energy),"

7. Orange chicken

says Megan Wong, RD at AlgaeCal.For someone with high cholesterol, having high triglycerides means an increased risk of fat buildup in the arteries,meaning a higher chance of heart attack and stroke