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HDL (Good), LDL (Bad) Cholesterol and Triglycerides




LDL (bad) cholesterol

contributes to fatty buildups in arteries (atherosclerosis).

Narrows the arteries and increases the risk for heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease, or PAD.


HDL (good) cholesterol

HDL cholesterol, higher levels are actually better

protect against heart attack and stroke.

carrying LDL (bad) cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver,

LDL is broken down in liver and passed from the body.

low levels of HDL cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease.

Only 1/3 to to 1/4 of blood cholesterol is carried by HDL.

HDL-friendly foods

  • Olive oil
  • Beans and legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Fatty fish(Omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Ground flax seeds
  • Nuts
  • Chia seeds (plant-based omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Avocado
  • Soy

It is common type of fat in the body. They store excess energy from your diet.