Many people have been programmed to think of high cholesterol foods as bad, but that’s not exactly true. There are foods that are high in cholesterol that are good for your body and should be included as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Here’s the lowdown on cholesterol and foods high in cholesterol that you should be eating.
How Cholesterol Works
The cholesterol in your blood is manufactured by your liver. Eating foods high in cholesterol will cause your liver to not produce as much of it. This is why it really doesn’t make a whole lot of difference how much cholesterol you eat in your diet because it only has a slight impact on how much cholesterol is actually in your blood.
Foods High in Cholesterol
Many foods high in cholesterol also happen to be some of the healthiest and most nutritious food out there. You should include these foods in your diet in moderation, just like everything else. Healthy high cholesterol foods include:
- Cheese – Yes, cheese! This is actually a very nutritious food with a large dose of cholesterol. On average, one ounce of cheese has 27 milligrams of cholesterol, but it’s also full of calcium. It also happens to be high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
- Eggs – Eggs are actually really incredible. They are high in cholesterol but also have protein, selenium, riboflavin, Vitamin B12 and choline. They are little nutrient powerhouses that are also relatively low in calories for how much nutrients they contain.
- Liver – It makes sense that the organ that produces cholesterol is itself high in cholesterol. But liver also has a ton of protein and Vitamin A as well as Vitamin B12.
- Sardines – These tiny fish are totally underrated. They may have a lot of cholesterol, but they also have protein, Vitamin D, calcium, selenium and a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids. They have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and help to protect the health of your brain!
- Shellfish – If you love shrimp then you should eat it without worry. They are low in fat and packed with niacin, Vitamin B12, and iron. They also have selenium, which helps to reduce inflammation.
Dietary cholesterol has not been shown to increase the possibility of heart disease and has very little impact on blood cholesterol levels. So, feel free to add some of these healthy and high cholesterol foods to your diet!
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