The 5 worst foods for cholesterol, according to experts

The 5 worst foods for cholesterol, according to experts

“I would be happy if I could tell you that it all depends on the food we eat,” Avenatti said. “But unfortunately, that’s not really the case…the food we eat contains cholesterol, but the majority of cholesterol circulates in our blood, and it…is actually produced by our body.”

Avenatti explained that the variation from one person to another depends more on genetics and how our body handles cholesterol than on dietary choices.

“We like to talk more about patterns just because no food is completely bad. I think eating in moderation… is still the answer,” she said.

What you eat most of the time is more important than a one-time burger or steak. Additionally, as long as you’re not following a diet limited to fried foods and processed foods, you’ll probably be fine.

“(One-time dietary choices) are less impactful than people think as long as you stay within a sensible diet,” she said.

But for people with high triglycerides, dietary choices are even more important. According to Avenatti, high triglycerides, which are also measured when checking cholesterol, are more closely related to the food you eat.

“Processed foods, fried foods, butter, any type of margarine, full-fat dairy products, cheeses — these are all things that will definitely impact your triglyceride levels, and we see a lot being directly affected by diet.” She said.

High triglycerides can also be affected by refined carbohydrates, Auguste added. “So, if you’re eating a lot of white bread, white pasta and crackers that don’t have fiber, you want to think about how you add fiber when you eat because that will help your triglycerides not get high.”

This might mean mixing white beans with pasta or switching to chickpea pasta or lentil pasta, Auguste added.

For some people, medication may also be necessary to lower cholesterol. As mentioned earlier, genetics play a major role in your cholesterol levels, and changing your diet can only do so much

While many people complain about the side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, Avenatti emphasized that there are other medical options. If you’re prescribed a medication for high cholesterol and you don’t take it or don’t like its effects, Avenatti said you should go to your doctor and ask why you were prescribed the medication he prescribed and ask about alternatives.

In general, it is important to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle complete with exercise, nutritious food, adequate sleep, and medication management (if necessary).

Avenatti recommends the American Heart Association’s 8 core guidelines to help stay on top of your cardiovascular health. These guidelines combine a range of healthy lifestyle interventions, including diet, sleep, exercise, tobacco cessation, and more.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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