7 Foods That Raise Your Cholesterol Level

A close-up of macaroni and cheese
(BlackDoctor.org) — According to the American Heart Association, a diet that is high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats raises blood cholesterol levels and puts you at risk for heart disease. Saturated fats are found in foods like meat and dairy products that come from animals, while trans fats lurk in baked goods and fast foods.

Here are some obvious and not-so-obvious high-cholesterol food choices β€” most of which are also high in unhealthy fats.

Macaroni and Cheese

The typical mac-and-cheese ingredients β€” whole milk, butter, and cheese β€” are loaded with saturated fats and cholesterol. But this all-American comfort recipe does not have to be a high-cholesterol food. By substituting 1 percent milk and evaporated milk for butter and whole milk, and using low-fat cheese, you can decrease your calories and have your macaroni and cheese with less than half the fat and cholesterol of the traditional recipe.

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