11 High-Cholesterol Foods That Are Super Healthy
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Generally, high-cholesterol foods are considered unhealthy, contributing to unwanted fat and many problems related to well-being.
Some foods, however, that are dense in fat are still part of a moderately healthy diet, which our hormones need to be able to function properly and absorb minerals and vitamins.
Doctors recommend a dietary fat intake of 15 percent.
Check out the following high-calorie and high-cholesterol foods that not only provide your body with essential healthy benefits but ironically also help you shed weight.
Eggs are blamed for containing high amounts of dietary cholesterol, but experts now know that saturated fats and trans fats are the real culprits that increase blood cholesterol and dietary cholesterol.
Eggs contain folate, phosphorous, zinc, iron, vitamins B12, 6, and fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Ninety percent of the yolk contains fat-burning essential fatty acids, like leucine.
If you are serious about burning belly fat, eggs can help you, but you must make sure they are organic, free-range whole eggs.
Comparing to grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and slightly lower levels of omega-6 fats, which the human body needs.
Grass-fed beef also has higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, and conjugated linoleic acid, which is a form of healthy fat that has been identified to help burn fat and build muscle. (2)
In addition, grass-fed beef comes from cattle that are more healthy than those that are grain fed.
Creamy, smooth, and nutritious avocado has it all.
They are full of vitamins K and C, fiber, potassium, and many other nutrients.
Just eating half an avocado can give you 15 gm of monounsaturated fat, which is the good kind of fat.
Although avocados are categorized as a fruit, they contain virtually no sugar, i.e., 0.2 grams of sugar per half an avocado.
Keep in mind that an average avocado has between 300 and 500 calories.
Rich in protein and essential fatty acids, peanut butter can be fattening, but you do not have to eat a lot of it to feel full.
Just one to two tablespoons a day is enough.
Peanut butter is a rich source of folic acid, which helps in the development of healthy new cells.
Be sure to choose organic peanut butter to avoid ingesting hydrogenated oils that cause belly fat.
High GI foods, such as potatoes, tend to increase your blood sugar level rather quickly, which can be a problem if you are diabetic.
Potatoes can also quicken weight loss, but you must not eat them with hydrogenated oils and other fattening ingredients.
Eating potatoes with vegetable oil and olive oil ensures that you do not absorb all of its carbohydrates.
Dark chocolate is said to be high in fat and sugar and therefore bad for you.
The truth is, though, that dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants that appear to have a thinning effect on the blood, which is beneficial for heart health.
Dark chocolate also contains essential fats, which help control fat if eaten in limited quantities.
Granola has always been considered a healthy food.
Made with natural ingredients, such as seeds, nuts, and oats, these snack bars are loaded with nutrients, but you should refer to the nutrition label and facts, as many granola brands are highly caloric (about 300 calories per half a cup).
Homemade granola is the best way to enjoy it guilt free.
You should keep your serving size to ¼ to ½ cup, and you can enjoy it with milk or plain yogurt.
Similar to granola, almond butter is yet another nutrient-packed food you can enjoy, but sometimes it is loaded with fat and added sugar.
Generally, when you consume a handful of nuts, you take in around 200 calories.
On average, a serving of almond butter, i.e., 2 tbsp, contains 18 gm fat, 2 gm of fiber, and 4 gm protein.
It also has iron, vitamin E, and magnesium.
A handful of almonds can be sufficient for a long time, as one serving has 200 calories.
Reduced-fat versions of almond butter should be avoided, as they tend to be higher in sugar, and brands that use minimum added ingredients and less sodium and sugar content are the best options.
Olive oil is the best alternative to margarine and butter, but it is important to keep the serving size in mind.
Just one tablespoon of olive oil has 120 cal. Yes, olive oil is high in fat.
It is also high in monounsaturated fat, but it also offers several health benefits, including healthy cholesterol levels and lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
You can use olive oil with salads, roasted veggies, and as a replacement for margarine.
Just one slice of cheese has as many nutrients as an entire cup of milk.
Cheese is a great source of vitamin B12, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, and other nutrients.
A fat slice of cheese has 6.7 grams of protein, equaling the amount present in a glass of milk.
As with other dairy products, cheese is rich in fatty acids that are known to provide many health benefits, such as minimizing the risk of type-2 diabetes. (5)
Because it is rich in carbohydrates, bread is said to be bad for you.
Bread is actually good, but it must be made from whole grain.
Switching to whole-wheat bread or some other whole-grain bread is good for you.
Dark whole-grain bread is an excellent source of fiber and complex carbohydrates and is therefore good for those trying to lose weight.
Most of the above-mentioned foods not only tend to our nutritional needs but also help burn fat.
The key is to eat a wide variety of these fat-burning foods to make our meals more enjoyable while reducing the temptation to reach out for problem foods.
Let me know in the comments if you know other foods that should be on this list.
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Could you please advise some homemade granola recipes?
It’s so great to learn that dark chocolate is not only tasty but also healthy and good for me! It it okay to eat around 50-60 g of it daily with my coffee?
Indeed so many natural foods here can be overlooked easily! Thx for sharing Helen.
Hello Cindy! You’re welcome!
How do you think olive oil would lose its health benefits if i’m using it to fry meat and veggies???
Hello Lara! No, fortunately, olive oil doesn’t lose its benefits during frying, extra virgin olive oil is heat stable:)
I’ve always thought that potatoes are bad for health and can cause weight gain. I’m really surprised and glad to know they are actually beneficial.
What should I eat potatoes with? Does fish suit?
How much good cholesterol containing foods exactly should I eat daily? I’m 46 .
Thank you for this article!
I have one question regarding cheese consumption: there are so many types of cheese, which one is better? Can I eat any type and get the benefits? Do low-fat types still contain enough healthy cholesterol?
Hey, thanks for the information. I was surprised to learn that cheese can actually be good for health. Normally the Butter,cheese chocolates are the first things that dieticians strike off from your list. So glad to know! Thanks!