It's no secret that eating fatty foods raises your bad cholesterol level, also known as LDL. An elevated LDL clogs up your arteries and makes it difficult for your heart to do its job. Potentially, it could lead to heart disease.

The USDA recommends consuming no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day. While a deep-fried Twinkie at the county fair is an obvious no-no, other high cholesterol culprits may be sneaking into your diet. Check out what that number looks like in terms of everyday food items.

Warning: you may need to revise your grocery list—and your eating habits!

The USDA recommends no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day—but that's not a number you should strive for. Saturated and trans fats are not part of a balanced diet. You should limit them as much as possible.

Replace saturated and trans fats with healthy fats, such as those found in mono- and polyunsaturated fat food sources. For example, cook with olive oil instead of butter. Drink fat-free milk instead of whole. Eat more fish and less red meat.

Foods that contain the daily limit of cholesterol

The amount of food in each photo represents your entire daily recommended value of cholesterol. The plates shown are 10.25 in (26 cm).

Fried chicken: 4 pieces







Croissants: 6 2/3 rolls







Cheddar cheese: 12 3/4 slices







Butter: 1 1/5 sticks







Ice cream: 14 small scoops







Egg yolk: 1 1/4 yolks







Cream cheese: 1 1/5 bricks







Bacon: 22 pcs







Steak: 4 1/2 4 oz steaks







Salami: 14 1/4 slices