Cholesterol is an actually important substance to the body; however, the excessive levels of cholesterol can be dangerous since they lead to clogged arteries and risks of stroke and heart attack. Our body produces cholesterol but most of it comes from saturated fats. And, animal products, especially meat, are the biggest sources of saturated fats. However, having problems with cholesterol levels does not necessarily mean that people should completely give up on meat. Here below are the types of meat that people can consume even when they have high cholesterol.
Fatty fish is the powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids, and we omega-3 fatty acids are known to have the ability to keep the amount of LDL low while increasing that of HDL, according to a report from the University of Maryland Medical Center. Salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna, herring, sardines and lake trout are all fatty fish. It is recommended that people should aim for at least two servings of fatty fish per week.
Poultry without the skin is a good option for those who wish to reduce their cholesterol levels. Despite the fact that all meats carry roughly the same amount of cholesterol, about 70 to 80 mg per a serving of 85 grams, removing the skin is effective in reducing the fat. Plus, since dark meat has a higher content of fat, you should opt for light meat. Besides, when cooking poultry, it is advisable to bake, grill or boil it rather than frying it. Best choices for poultry are turkey and chicken, as duck or goose has a higher fat content.
People with high cholesterol levels do not have to remove red meat from their diet altogether. They just need to select lean cuts to reduce the fat intake. The leanest types of red meat include chuck, sirloin, loin and round. When preparing red meat, make sure you eliminate all the visible fat. When cooking the meat, try to separate the meat from its fat, like grilling, broiling or baking. It is recommended that in a day, people should not consume more than 170 grams of meat of any types.
People with high cholesterol levels have to limit their pork intake. Eating pork on occasion is acceptable as long as you avoid highly processed types, like bacon or sausage. Like with red meat, you should remove all visible fat in the meat and just grill, bake or roast it. Organ meats should not be consumed whatsoever.
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Review Date: August 28, 2017 | Last Modified: August 28, 2017