Eating just anything for breakfast won't cut it when you are trying to support healthy cholesterol levels. Sure, we can all assume that grabbing a donut and a cup of coffee
or a bacon-covered croissant sandwich isn't your best bet when you are running out the door when you are focused on your cholesterol levels. But among the brekkie choices out there,
there is one breakfast habit that tops the list as one to limit if you have high cholesterol—and that is frequently eating a fast-food first meal.
Over 35% of Americans eat fast food on a daily basis. And while snagging a McMuffin or a chicken biscuit is both convenient
and satisfying, frequent consumption of fast-food items is linked to many unsavory health outcomes—many of which are related to heart health.In fact, experts have stated that fast food consumption
is a main risk factor for lower diet quality and higher calorie and fat intake.And frequent consumption of fast foods is linked to lipid and lipoprotein disorders,like elevated LDL cholesterol levels
when compared with those who do not lean on fast food meals on a regular basis. Higher fast food consumption also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.Data also shows that fast food eaters
have lower HDL "good" cholesterol concentrations than those who do not frequent fast-food establishments.Fast-food breakfast items are typically rich in saturated fat, refined carbohydrates,
and ultra-processed meats—options that are not recommended on a cholesterol-lowering diet. Additionally, fast food generally has a high-energy-density large portion sizes, and, in some cases,
unacceptably high levels of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids.Since eating too many trans-fatty acids may result in a rise in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels,limiting fast food
and thus these fatty acids are recommended.