4 Of Your Favorite Foods That Boost Cholesterol, NOT Health!


Before you grease up the fry pan, think about how much cholesterol could be affecting your health.

Cholesterol is a fat that is found in the blood of all animals and is essential to the production of hormones and the proper functioning of human cell membranes. Our bodies already produce healthy amounts of cholesterol, so it unnecessary to attempt to consume more.

Excessive amounts of cholesterol collect along the walls of arteries and cause blockages. According to the American Heart Association, a diet that is high in cholesterol has the potential to increase one's risk of stroke and heart disease.

Plenty of food contains cholesterol. The bad news is that many of your favorite foods may be raising your cholesterol. To help keep your cholesterol levels at bay and show your body some self love, keep a look out for these common foods that are high in cholesterol.

1. Cheeseburgers:

Contrary to popular belief, cheeseburgers are not paradise. If you are like most Americans, you may grab a cheeseburger for lunch from your favorite fast food restaurant every once in a while, but you may want to reconsider this choice next time you decide to take a trip through the drive-thru. A typical fast food cheeseburger contains a whopping 85 to 150 mg of cholesterol. That is almost half of the recommended daily intake, which is less than 300 milligrams.

2. Ice Cream:

Ice cream is a delicious cold staple in 90 percent of households in America. But did you know that this popular frozen dessert contains for fat than a hamburger and more cholesterol than 15 glazed donuts? With that being said, you may want to skip the ice cream and opt for a fresh cup of fruit. Fruit is significantly lower in calories, is high in fiber, and actually helps to lower cholesterol.

3. Macaroni and Cheese:

The usual mac-and-cheese ingredients -- butter, whole milk, and cheese -- contain hefty amounts of bad cholesterol. But this delectable American dish does not necessarily have to be a high-cholesterol meal. Substitute evaporated milk for butter, use low-fat cheese, and switch to 1 percent milk. By switching out those ingredients for healthier alternatives, your macaroni and cheese will contain half the calories and more importantly, half the cholesterol.

4. Rib-Eye Steak:

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice, juicy steak after a long day? Unfortunately, even steaks that are cooked in olive oil, and have the fat well-trimmed, are extremely high in cholesterol. A typical 4-ounce steak contains 20 percent of the recommended amount of cholesterol, which doesn’t leave you much room for the rest of the day. If you’re having a hard time ditching the steak, consider more lean cuts of meat, such as flank, tenderloin, tip steak, or rump to reduce the amount of cholesterol that you consume.

You don’t have to be a nutritionist to realize that many foods are bad for you, but many classic dishes are much more unhealthy than you may have anticipated. Lowering your cholesterol is as easy as cutting out some of your favorite foods or simply reducing your intake. When your cholesterol levels drop by only 10 percent, it can reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack by 20 percent.

About the Author: Christina Marino, DAOM, L.Ac. She is licensed by the State Acupuncture Committee with a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Marino is also a Homeopath, Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Practitioner and an Intuitive Energy Healer. Christina's practical and philosophical approach to healing the whole person demonstrates that physical healing is inseparable from the mental, emotional and spiritual healing of an individual.

Dr. Marino is owner of Alternative Health Care Concepts in Los Angeles, CA. She can be reached at (818) 505-9511. To learn more about alternative medicine please visit www.alternativehealthcareconcepts.com and Christina’s Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Alternativehealthcareconcepts