Your body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to function, but you get additional cholesterol — sometimes in unhealthy amounts — by eating foods from animal sources.

When you eat too many of these foods, you can develop a condition known as “high cholesterol.” This means fatty deposits may be growing in your blood vessels, making it difficult for enough blood to circulate.

The following foods have high levels of cholesterol from animal sources, and should be limited or avoided as part of your daily diet.

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Fried food
Fried foods are loaded with calories, and can contain trans fats. Fried food increases the risk of heart disease, and can compromise your overall health in other ways.

Fast Food
Fast food products tend to have very high cholesterol levels, which causes dangerous belly fat, higher levels of inflammation, and impaired blood sugar regulation.

Processed Meats
Processed meats like sausages, bacon, and hot dogs have been linked to higher risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Desserts
Cookies, cakes, ice cream, pastries and other sweets are loaded with unhealthy sugar and fats. These can negatively impact overall health, and lead to weight gain over time.

Recent research shows that — for most people — consuming certain foods that are high in cholesterol won’t necessarily harm your health like the foods mentioned here. See the description section for links to videos about foods that provide cholesterol in healthy amounts.