On the other hand, your intake of trans fats should be as low as possible because they directly increase your bad cholesterol levels.
Below are some of the most common bad cholesterol foods you might be incorporating too much in your diet.
Most baked goods, like pastries, cookies, pies, and cakes, are filled with saturated and trans fat.
So, instead of having store-bought pastries, consider baking your own cookies and pies using healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, dark chocolate, and nut butters.
Some Microwave Popcorn
Popcorn is often considered a movie-time staple, but many varieties are rich in trans fats. What’s even more concerning is they sometimes come in huge boxes, which many can finish in one sitting.
If you find yourself craving popcorn, always check the label and stay away from those with trans fat or hydrogenated oil, partial or otherwise.
Also, remember that you can make your own popcorn from plain corn kernels. Another alternative is for you to prepare veggie sticks with healthy dips, like Greek yogurt.
Some Non-Dairy Creamers
Our list of bad cholesterol foods includes non-dairy creamers or coffee whiteners. Though some brands are trans-fat-free, some still contain LDL-raising fats.
Instead of non-dairy coffee creamers, consider using whole milk.
Processed and Fatty Cuts of Meat
Processed and fatty cuts of meat are not on our list of foods high in trans fat. But, we still consider them as bad cholesterol foods because they are rich in saturated fats and they commonly dominate our diet.