Worst Foods for Your Cholesterol

A diet heavy in sugar—including sweetened drinks like soda—raises harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while lowering good HDL cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, avoid these sugary drinks.


Trans fats are still included in many hazardous cholesterol items, including prepackaged baked goods, sweets, and even certain chocolate. Avoid partly hydrogenated oils.

Trans fats

High-temperature cooking in toxic frying oils increases trans fat accumulation. Fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, and doughnuts, for example, are unhealthy and fatty, making them double threats.

Fried foods

Simple carbs without fiber are broken down like sugar, increasing inflammation and LDL cholesterol. Overeating refined carbohydrates like white rice, white-flour pasta, and white bread is like drinking soda.

White bread, rice, and pasta

Over time, eating too much added sugar and starch may elevate blood pressure, chronic inflammation, triglycerides, HDL, and VLDL. Due to its fiber, unsweetened steel-cut or slow-cooking oatmeal is heart-healthier.

Some breakfast cereals

Coconut oil, wheat, and water are favored among health experts despite its high saturated fat content, which raises LDL cholesterol. Fat raises HDL levels, but coconut oil appears to do it best. 

Coconut oil

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