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Cholesterol: 10 Foods You Should Think Twice About

We all know the importance of maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, but sometimes it’s not just about what you eat, but what you avoid. Certain foods are notorious for skyrocketing your cholesterol levels, putting your heart and overall health at risk. Let’s delve into 10 culprits that might be lurking in your pantry or favorite eateries.

1. Lamb

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Lamb might be delicious, but it’s loaded with saturated fat, boasting a hefty 7.669 grams per 100 grams.

2. Pork

Wholesale pork cuts are no better, packing 8.265 grams of saturated fat per 100 grams.

3. Sausages

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Processed meats like chorizo are saturated fat bombs, with a shocking 16.2 grams per 100-gram serving.

4. Cookies

Those sweet treats we love? They often contain both saturated and trans fats. Commercial shortbread cookies, for example, contain 22.2 grams and 0.8 grams respectively, per 100 grams.

5. Croissants

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Your favorite morning pastry isn’t innocent either, with 11.7 grams of saturated fat per 100 grams.

6. Doughnuts

Doughnuts may be a coffee’s best friend, but they’re not yours, with 4.719 grams of saturated fat and 5 grams of trans fat per 100-gram serving.

7. Banana Chips

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Surprisingly, even seemingly healthy snacks like banana chips can be loaded with saturated fat, boasting nearly 26.4 grams per 100 grams.

8. Cheesecake

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Indulging in cheesecake means indulging in saturated fat, with 10 grams per 100-gram portion.

9. Burgers

Fast-food burgers, with or without cheese, are packed with saturated fat, totaling 4.601 grams per 100 grams.

10. Popcorn

Butter-flavored microwave popcorn might be a movie night staple, but it’s packed with trans fats and 10.039 grams of saturated fat.


Protecting your heart means being mindful of what you eat. By avoiding these cholesterol-raising foods and opting for healthier alternatives, you can take charge of your heart health and overall well-being. Choose wisely, your heart will thank you!


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