High cholesterol, or hypercholesterolemia, occurs when fatty deposits develop in the blood vessels. High cholesterol typically has no symptoms. But left untreated, it can have devastating effects on your health, including heart attack or stroke.

Foods that Can Cause High Cholesterol

  • Fatty cuts of meat
  • Full fat dairy products
  • Deep fried foods
  • Processed goods such as pastries and biscuits
  • Fast food such as hamburgers and pizza
  • Butter
  • Coconut or palm oil

16 Foods that Can Lower Cholesterol

  • Oats
  • Barley and other whole grains
  • Beans
  • Okra
  • Almonds and walnuts
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Soy
  • Fatty fish
  • Avocados
  • Dark chocolate
  • Green tea
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Extra virgin olive oil
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