(Foreword: This is the continuation of our response to Lolita L. on her quest for foods that are surprisingly bad for her cholesterol.)

DEAR Lolita L.,

And now, for the final stretch, we are moving on to the final list.

9. Energy Bars

You might think that they are good. But, don’t get yourself wrong with these energy bars. They are intended for those who are on the move. So, you should check the nutrition label first. Put them aside if you find palm oil and palm kernel oil in the list. These add to the saturated fat.

10. Duck

Duck and goose have higher cholesterol than chicken and turkey. Remember that a cup of cooked duck or goose -- even when you remove their skin has about 128 milligrams of cholesterol compared to chicken which has only 113 milligrams of cholesterol, and 93 milligrams for turkey for the same amount of serving. So, watch out your “Balot”.

11. Some Dairy Products

Be choosy with your milk. Look for fat-free and low-fat versions, which gives you the nutrients without the same amount of cholesterol. You can also go for yogurt.

So, that’s it. The rule of thumb is whatever food you are shopping for, always check the label. If saturated foods are on its list, put them down and move to other food products on the shelves. If they claim they are low in fats, you still have to check the label -- to see if what they are claiming is true.

Happy shopping and good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” For your questions, you may e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)