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Cholesterol Avoid Cream Cheese
How bad is cream cheese for health. Are cheeses in general bad too for people with high cholesterol?
Fats solid @ rm temp: as a general rule are bad for you as they are saturated (with hydrogen bonds) and so solid, not liquid at room temp. Saturated fats raise LDL (the "bad cholesterol"), which when oxidized causes plaque accumulation. Cream cheese, butter, and cheeses in general are solids at room temp, high in saturated fat and hence atherosclerotic. ...Read more
Ok if part of a diet: A single food item is no big deal in a cholesterol patient's diet. It is the total fat, sugar, simple carbohydrates, and calories per day that matter. A bagel is simple carbs. Cheese is protein and animal fat, which is worse that veggie fat. So, eating cheese means avoiding a certain amount of fat later in the day. Same thinking process with carbs and total calories. Everything has a daily limit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quickly : Minutes depending on how much you eat. Try it: have your cholesterol checked fasting and then come back an hour later after a full cheese meal. It also depends on what cheese you eat. Cheeses made with whole milk are going to raise it more. Low fat cheese and hard cheese like romano and parmigian will raise it less. ...Read more
See below: Hard cheeses like parmesan and romano.Get a more detailed answer ›
If you eat two or three slices of cheese for a week. Will your cholesterol go up right away or in a week?
Not immediately: Your triglycerides might go up immediately with heavy cheese intake, but the LDL cholesterol (this is the cholesterol most affected by saturated fat intake) would go up more slowly. You would need to eat more cheese than just two slices a day for a week to see a difference there. ...Read more
Cheese: There are many nonfat cheeses on the market. Just read the labels. ...Read more
I was told butter is high in saturated fat and so is cheese so what can I do to replace that (which food) that is good in cholesterol?
Low sat fat: You want less than 10% of all your fat in your diet from saturated fats. Olive oil is an example of an unsaturated fat. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature. Unsaturated fats are healthier. Try not to have more than 30% of your diet as total fat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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