Foods consumed at Christmas that are rich in butter, cream, and other animal products raise cholesterol levels, according to a new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen conducted an observational study of 25,764 individuals from the Copenhagen General Population Study and found that cholesterol levels were 20 percent higher immediately following Christmas, compared to summer. Nine out of 10 people participating in the study had elevated cholesterol after Christmas. The authors warn that people with high cholesterol should be alert to their cholesterol levels during the Christmas holidays.
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