lipoproteins- What you need to know

 Since blood cholesterol is waxy and cannot dissolve in water, it is carried through the blood in packages called lipoproteins.

–High density lipoprotein (HDL) 

  • Good
  • Removes plaque

 –low density lipoprotein (LDL)

  • Bad
  • Clogs

  How can we take this information to improve our health?

  •   Eating too many foods high in saturated fat may increase blood levels of LDL and total cholesterol.
  • High blood levels of LDL and total cholesterol are risk factors for heart disease.
  • Eating foods high in monounsaturated fatty acids may help lower LDL cholesterol levels and decrease risk of heart disease.
  • Eating polyunsaturated fats in place of saturated fats decreases LDL cholesterol levels.
  • Trans fatty acids act like saturated fats and raise LDL cholesterol levels. They may also lower HDL cholesterol in the blood.

-Josh Gould

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