Fats to Limit for Heart Health

Fats to Limit For Heart Health

If you have high blood pressure or hypertension, it’s important to keep your heart healthy and keep an eye on your fat intake.Too much fat, especially saturated fats, will raise your blood cholesterol levels, which like high blood pressure, can lead to heart disease and stroke. There are three types of unhealthy fats: saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.

Foods high in saturated fat include

  • Chicken skin and turkey skin
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut and coconut oil
  • Gravy made with meat drippings
  • High-fat dairy products, such as whole or 2% milk,
  • cream, ice cream, and full-fat cheese
  • High-fat meats, such as regular ground beef, bologna, hot dogs, sausage
  • bacon, and spareribs
  • Lard
  • Ghee
  • Palm oil and palm kernel oil
  • Sauces made with butter or cream
  • (Fatback and salt pork)

Foods high in trans fat include

  • Processed foods made with hydrogenated oil or
  • partially hydrogenated oil, such as cookies, chips,
  • and cakes
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Shortening
  • Stick margarine

Foods high in cholesterol include

  • Chicken skin and turkey skin
  • High-fat dairy products
  • High-fat meats
  • Liver and other organ meats
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