Food no-nos if you’re watching your cholesterol

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EverydayHealth.com just issued a list of dangerous foods for folks watching their cholesterol intake. 

I’m not really watching mine, but I should, since it teeters around the 200 mark (once acceptable, now not so much).

Here are few that surprised me:

Liver.  There was a time I thrived on fried chicken livers and it is loaded with iron which could be good,  but it is also high in cholesterol.

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Cholesterol is made and stored in the liver, and the most concentrated levels of cholesterol in animal meats are found in organ meats like the liver. Remember, the American Heart Association says no more than 300 mg of cholesterol for a healthy adult. Three ounces of cooked beef liver will give you 331 mg of cholesterol. Skip this high-cholesterol food if your cholesterol is high and stick with lean cuts of meat instead.

The next one PAINS me to report. Fried Chicken, that staple of the Southern Diet. My grandmother served it every Sunday and she lived to be 97.  But you know what, now that I think about it, I didn’t see her actually eating it.  She was more into green beans from the garden – and jello. She always served jello.

Chicken is usually considered to be a good low-fat meat choice, but how you cook it can make a big difference. For example, one chicken leg with the skin still on it has more fat and cholesterol than a cup of ice cream or a hamburger. Keeping the skin on poultry or frying it can turn it into a high-cholesterol food. Also, remember that dark poultry meat has more fat than white meat. When making chicken choices, opt for skinless and skip the dark meat.

FOTRSS01 The next one sends me into a deep depression. Another Southern favorite – mac-and-cheese.  The ingredients — whole milk, butter, and cheese — are loaded with saturated fats and cholesterol. But this all-American comfort recipe does not have to be a high-cholesterol food.

By substituting 1 percent milk and evaporated milk for butter and whole milk, and using low-fat cheese, you can decrease your calories and have your Mac and cheese with less than half the fat and cholesterol of the traditional recipe. 

Okay I guess I can do that.  But you only go round once in this ole world. I just want to keep going round and round as long as I can.

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