The 7 Worst Cholesterol Culprits

    Do you have high cholesterol? You’re not alone—so do about 100 million other Americans. High cholesterol comes from a variety of sources, including your family history and what you eat.

    Here are some of the most common causes.

    Your diet

    Eating too much saturated fat (like the kind found in this classic breakfast) can cause high cholesterol. You will find this unhealthy fat in foods that come from animals. Beef, pork, veal, milk, eggs, butter, and cheese contain saturated fat. Packaged foods that contain coconut oil, palm oil, or cocoa butter may have a lot of saturated fat. You will also find saturated fat in stick margarine, vegetable shortening, and most cookies, crackers, chips, and other snacks.

    Your weight

    Your beer belly isn’t just bad for your social life. Being overweight may increase triglycerides and decrease HDL, or good cholesterol. Losing that gut can go a long way toward improving that body, too.

    Your activity level

    Lack of physical activity may increase LDL, or bad cholesterol, and decrease HDL, or good cholesterol. So get moving!

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