Control your cholesterol this Ramadan

  • 26 May - 01 Jun, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Cookery

With all the deep fried food we are bound to have in Ramadan, we are at greater risk of damaging our health during this month. Here is a list of food that you can avoid or have in limited portion, because this time is all about making healthier food choices.

Egg yolk

Egg yolks have the most cholesterol of any food with 1234mg per 100 gram serving or 411% of the daily value. A single egg yolk will provide 210mg of cholesterol, while a whole egg provides slightly more with 212mg. Thus, all the cholesterol in eggs is found in their yolks. One needs cholesterol in moderation, so if you had an egg in the morning then avoid a bulky cheese burger for your lunch.


Who doesn’t love butter? It is used in everything, especially in breads, cakes, parathas and desi cuisines. But be careful, as 100 grams of butter packs 215mg (72% daily value) of cholesterol and one tablespoon contains 30mg (10% daily value).


A few seafoods work great for your body but there are few that are loaded with cholesterol. When opting for these, go for boiled once then fried. Shrimp cocktail sounds appetising, but shrimps have one of the highest cholesterol levels (195mg, 65% daily value per 100 grams) of any meat. A single large shrimp contains 11mg (4% daily value).


Though chicken is a low fat meat option, the way it is cooked makes a lot of difference. One chicken leg with the skin has more fat and cholesterol than a cup of ice cream or a burger. The skin on makes it a high-cholesterol food.

Fast foods

Trans fats are a result of adding hydrogen to vegetable oils, which are then used in many commercial baked goods or fried foods such as cookies, cakes, fries and potato chips. These turn all your snacks and fast foods into high-cholesterol food.

Ice cream

Did you know that a single cup of ice cream has more fat than a hamburger and more cholesterol than 10 glazed doughnuts? Skip the scoop and try a cup of fresh fruit for dessert instead. Fruits are low in calories and high in the fibre, vitamins and nutrients you really need.