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What foods should you avoid with high cholesterol?

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Those diagnosed with high cholesterol should avoid partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fats, advises WebMD. A diet that limits saturated fats and oils, including lard, coconut oil, olive oil, margarine and bacon drippings, is recommended. Additionally, fatty meats, including hot dogs, bacon, ground meat, steak and pastrami, should be limited, as should organ meats and processed meats.

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Egg yolks should be limited, and milk products containing more than 1 percent milk fat should also be only consumed on a limited basis. Cakes, croissants, muffins and snack crackers made with hydrogenated or saturated fat, whole milk or eggs should also be used in moderation.

Fast foods, including tacos, fried chicken, fries and hamburgers, should be avoided on a diet for those diagnosed with elevated levels of cholesterol. Instead, opt for broiled meats, foods that are not fried, low-fat salad dressings and chicken without the skin.

Go for meatless main dishes, including rice, pasta, peas and beans instead of higher-fat options that contain meat. Replace fatty meats with lean beef, pork, fish, veal or lamb. Keep serving sizes and portions under control. A serving of meat should be no bigger than a standard-sized deck of playing cards. Choose vegetable oils and soft tub margarine instead of full-fat versions.

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