High levels of cholesterol is becoming a major problem in the UK, with many people simply not being aware of the type of foods that cause it.
You may know that butter, high-fat meats, pies, and pizzas can cause the problem, but here are a few other common but lesser-known causes:
1) Cinema Popcorn – Cooked in fat and dipped in fat! Try the non-buttery toppings instead.
2) Mashed Potatoes – The potatoes aren’t the problem, it’s the extra ingredients such as butter, cream, whole milk, sour milk, and cheese. Choose a plain baked potato and be careful with the topping!
3) Ghee (Clarified Butter used in Indian Cuisine) – Very high in saturated fat and palmitic acid which blocks the arteries. Many indian restaurants tend to use this, so beware! 🙂
4) Added Sugars – Table sugars, fructose syrup’s and the like raise levels of cholesterol. Studies recommend that you limit to no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women and no more than 9 for men.
5) Whole-Fat Dairy Products – Dairy products contain good levels of calcium, protein, vitamins, and minerals, but Whole-Fat versions carry large amounts of saturated fat. No-fat or low-fat alternatives have the same nutritional goodness without the cholesterol-causing fats.
6) Coconut Oil (used in many Asian dishes) – Coconut and Coconut Oils are full of saturated fats, so try to avoid these to lower your cholesterol levels.
Some tips for cooking:
1) Avoid fried foods.
2) Remove the fat from meats and the skin from poultry before cooking.
3) Use non-stick pans, cooking spray, or small amounts of vegetable oils.
Hope this helps,