High-Cholesterol Foods to Avoid

Updated November 21, 2016

High cholesterol can cause heart disease, strokes, blindness, kidney damage and heart attacks. With this in mind, it is especially important to avoid high-cholesterol foods.

Saturated Fat

Many animal foods and some plant foods contain saturated fats. Avoid foods such as butter, lard, bacon drippings, beef, lamb, poultry with skin, deep fat fried foods, whole milk dairy products, cheese and palm and coconut oils.

Trans Fats

Trans fats are formed through a process that gives products a longer shelf life and makes them more palatable. Any food package labelled "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" contains trans fats and should be avoided. Fast foods, non-dairy creamers, margarine, vegetable shortening, commercially prepared baked foods such as cakes, pastries and cookies, fried foods and some snack foods such as chips and crackers should not be eaten.


Any excess calories you eat during the day are turned into triglycerides. These things should be eliminated from your diet: alcoholic beverages, honey, jams, molasses, candy, sweetened cereals and energy bars.

Dietary Cholesterol

Dietary cholesterol is the "bad" cholesterol that is not needed in our body. Avoid lamb, chicken, steak, whole eggs and organ meats such as beef liver and kidney.


Candy, white rice, white bread, pasta, potatoes, pizza, popcorn with butter and cookies are examples of "bad" carbohydrates. These carbohydrates consist of simple sugars that can raise the levels of your dietary cholesterol and triglycerides.

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