7 Eating Habits That Raise Your Cholesterol

Photo by AnnaStills from Envato Elements

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that’s found in your blood. Your body needs it in order to make hormones, vitamin D, and certain substances that help you digest foods. However, high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.

Note that a healthy target for a total cholesterol reading from a simple blood test is less than 200 mg/dL. Your LDL number is perfect if it’s less than 100, your HDL (or “good”) cholesterol number should be 60 or higher, and your triglycerides should be less than 150, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Maybe you know that consuming too much saturated and trans fat can be quite an issue, but what’s often overlooked is the role of unsaturated fats—the healthy type. Both types of healthy fats—monounsaturated and polyunsaturated—have been shown to improve blood cholesterol levels, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Ginger Hultin, RDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and owner of ChampagneNutrition in Seattle, recommends these sources of healthy fats. Monounsaturated: avocado, olive and canola oils, and macadamia nuts. Polyunsaturated: walnuts, safflower and soybean oil, flax, and fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring.

However, while munching on nuts, don’t forget that there are certain eating habits that could raise “bad” cholesterol levels. Read on to discover them!

1 234 ... 8NEXT
Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp
Pinterest
Reddit
Delicious
LinkedIn
Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

READ NEXT

6 Silent Signs of Gastritis

Gastritis is the inflammation of your stomach lining. Gastroenterologist Taruna Bhatia, MD, medical director of hepatology at CarePoint Health System, explains that if your stomach is burning or aching, you

Symptoms Your Pain Is an Ulcer

About one out of every 10 Americans will suffer from the burning, gnawing abdominal pain of a peptic (or gastric) ulcer at some point in life—and these facts are really

10 Warning Signs of Adult ADHD

A lot of the time it’s not hard to spot ADHD in kids. But adults can have more subtle symptoms. This means many adults struggle with ADHD and may not

5 Symptoms That You’ve Become Dangerously Stressed

Body Aches & Pains According to Everyday Health, when we stress out, our sympathetic nerve system activates the flight-or-fight response. “Blood is then sent to major muscle groups that increase

9 Things People Get Wrong About PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is much more common than many of us may think. Data suggest an estimated 70% of American adults have experienced some type of traumatic event throughout their

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Feet Are Swollen

You Consume Too Much Salt The sodium in salt is the biggest dietary culprit when it comes to retaining water in general. So it only makes sense that it can

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon

Watermelon is not just water and sugar—it is nutrient dense food. This delicious fruit provides high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and just a small number of calories. Also,

6 Possible Causes of Liver Pain

Your liver is an organ that sits under your ribs. It works as your body’s processing plant. Among its more than 500 jobs are to convert food from the small

8 Useful Things Dermatologists Do Every Fall

The fall season means pumpkin-flavored everything, football, flannels, hayrides—and dry skin. Here are skin-care tips from dermatologists to protect your skin during the fall. They exfoliate a little less When

Here’s Why Yawns Are So Contagious

It’s an age-old question: Why is yawning contagious? Countless studies have backed up how yawning is contagious. But an experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford, Rohan Kapitány, wasn’t convinced.

Scroll to Top