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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Treat Your Heart Right: How To Identify Good And Bad Cholesterol

Not all kinds of fat are bad for the heart. In fact, getting rid of all fats is unhealthy. To take care of your heart the proper way, we need to properly identify the good fats, and the bad fats.

There are two kinds of cholesterol that we should be aware of--the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and the high-density lipoprotein (HDL). For now, we just need to remember that the low-density one is what we call the "bad" cholesterol.

This is because LDL has a tendency to build up and create clogs in our arteries, putting us at risk for heart diseases. And transfats and saturated fats are the main causes for the elevation of LDL cholesterol levels.

On that note, a heart-healthy diet would be one that includes a variety of HDL-boosting fats, and minimal amounts of transfats and saturated fats.

Transfats are typically found in processed food, while saturated fats come from animal sources, such as meat and dairy products.

Some examples of food that elevate the good cholesterol on the other hand are alcohol (in moderation, of course), dark chocolate, and peanut butter.

Exercise is also an efficient way of boosting HDL levels--just two hours of exercise per week has been found to increase goods cholesterol level.

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