White Bread

Refined carbs, such as white bread, should be avoided by anyone with a high cholesterol level. Choose whole-grain breads and pastas, which are high in fibre.

Frozen Pizza

This increases heart disease risk. Before buying frozen pizza, check the nutrition label.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is bad for anyone taking cholesterol-lowering medicines. It can interact poorly with medications, not because it raises cholesterol.

Popcorn

Peanut butter and jelly: popcorn and movies. Many store-bought popcorns are heavy with saturated fats and lack heart-healthy fats.

Butter

When lowering your cholesterol, limit butter. Extra virgin olive oil and butter replacements are heart-healthy options.

Chicken wings

Fried chicken wings with fatty skin and a butter-and-spice sauce raise cholesterol. Choose baked, skinless wings with a salt-free dry rub instead of buttery sauce.

French fries

One of the worst things to eat when trying to control excessive cholesterol is french fries. They are deep-fried, generally in hydrogenated oils, and don't provide much in the way of nutrients.

Soda

Regular soda (or pop for Midwesterners) has 100 percent added sugars, so avoid it. Drink water.

Coconut oil

It's no secret that coconut oil is good for you, but it's not the best fat option for lowering cholesterol.

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