I'm not big on cholesterol. That's why I don't eat meat and greasy foods. At this point, if I tried to, I'd probably drop dead on the spot.


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Now, we all know hamburgers and steak have saturated fat and cholesterol, which leads to heart attacks, but fried and processed foods may pack another cholesterol punch.

They're calling it unknown cholesterol. It's created when cholesterol is exposed to heating, especially frying and high temperature cooking--makes you think twice about deep frying the Thanksgiving turkey.

Research, presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, showed hamsters fed a diet high in this hidden cholesterol had 22% more cholesterol in their blood, causing atherosclerotic plaque buildup.

Instead, experts recommend consuming phytosterols and phytostanols--nutrients found in plant foods--to reduce blood cholesterol. Good news for me!