When looking at your cholesterol, fats are one thing you want to be aware of. We have two types of cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein(LDL/bad cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL/ good cholesterol).  LDL is blood fat that transports cholesterol to organs and tissues, excess amount can cause accumulation of fatty deposits on artery walls. When you’re LDL is high it becomes a concern because your risk of heart disease increases. To ensure you’re LDL is under control you should check with your physician for routine blood work. To help prevent from getting high LDL you can consume a heart healthy diet, eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids,eliminate trans-fat, increase your soluble fiber intake, or reduce saturated fats. Remember saturated fats are found primarily in animal products such as red meat and full-fat dairy products, so you want to be aware of the amounts of these you are consuming.  HDL is blood fat that helps transport cholesterol out of the arteries, thereby protecting against heart disease. To ensure a healthy HDL you can consume olive oil, exercise regularly,stop smoking, or even lose weight.  Next week we will be discussing the importance of vitamins. 

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