The food you eat plays an important role in the heart health. Certain foods can contribute to plaque buildup in your arteries, potentially leading to high cholesterol .
While it is common to limit foods that are high in cholesterol foods high in saturated and trans fat may actually be worse for your arteries.
According to Sonya Angelone, a nutrition consultant for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eggs are the most concentrated source of dietary cholesterol in our diets. There's about 186 milligrams of cholesterol in one egg — all of which is concentrated in the yolk.
What experts have come to discover is that saturated and trans fats may contribute more to cholesterol levels compared to how much cholesterol you eat. That's because most of your cholesterol — about 80% — is produced in the body, according to Harvard Medical School. Your liver converts saturated and trans fats into cholesterol, which has led nutritionists to believe that those fats are actually worse for you than dietary cholesterol.
Overall, the rest of your food intake should ultimately include vegetables, fruits, and legumes — while limiting overly processed foods, refined grains, and sugar. A well-balanced diet is one of the best ways to keep your cholesterol under control and avoid heart disease or stroke.