A popular adage goes: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. However, eating apples does not ascertain us of avoiding a surgeon. The most common killer today is heart disease often caused by foods high in cholesterol.
Many people believe they are eating well but there is a mathematical certainty that in those self-imposed diets, we are unaware of (or even ignore) the fact that some of the food are actually high in cholesterol.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the nation's single leading cause of death for both men and women. At least 58.8 million people in the United States suffer from heart disease and 950,000 per year suffer from cardiovascular diseases (the combination of heart disease and stroke).
On a lighter note, however, there are measures that can be taken to prevent heart disease. Studies show that a healthy diet for the heart is one with relatively unprocessed foods like vegetables, fruits and some rice or grains that retain some of their original kernel-structure during slow digestion. Some eggs, liver or fish are probably also vital for most of us. Such foods high in fiber, vitamins and minerals became scarce in the Western daily diet. If you can not recognize part of the original food, the item is processed or refined, which basically means they are foods high in cholesterol.
The bad news though is that common oils from soy, corn, sun and safflower, grape and cottonseed have over 50% of the omega-6 poly-unsaturated-linoleic and may be harmful. Same with all hydrogenated [Trans] oil from 'vegetable' shortening, deep fry oils or ghee, donuts and 90% of margarine.
To summarize, and to include a few, here are the most common foods in the Western diet that are high in cholesterol: 1%, 2% and whole milk; meats with 96% or less fat; red meats; hydrogenated oils such as stick margarine (also foods with this ingredient); food with high butter fat and other animal fats, eg cheese, full fat yogurt and sauces; hot dogs and hamburgers; deep-fried foods like potato fries; table sugar; ice cream; salt (also bad for people with high blood pressure); candies; baked goods and ice cream made with fats; high fat snacks, chips; and pies, pastries, cookies made with fat and sugar.
The worst misconception about heart disease "is that heart disease only happens to the elderly," said Elizabeth Schilling, CRNP with the Center for Preventive Cardiology Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Heart disease and other cardiovascular problems are possible culprits to early death as well, which can only be prevented by not eating foods high in cholesterol.
The simple habit of picking and preparing the right food should prevent, or even postpone nearly 80% of heart and other serious diseases. What could be easier than an oil change to canola or flax (linseed)? Avoid corn, sunflower or unidentified oils, and take a few supplements at the end of your big meal to ease off on the highly refined carbohydrates. Fat transformed from sugar and carbohydrates can also be avoided by omitting sweets on your shopping list. This way, you free yourself from heart disease and other fatal diseases such as diabetes.