BY KYLE KNOBLOCH
There is no such thing as good or bad cholesterol. The measured number of your total cholesterol does matter; however, and you may be doing yourself a disservice by worrying about the cholesterol content in foods versus the two important (and often forgotten) fat proteins.
These two fat proteins are called LDL and HDL; they are responsible for carrying fat around the body. LDL, which comes from fried and fatty foods, deposits fat and cholesterol into our blood vessels, contributing to plaque buildup and clogged arteries over time. HDL transports these fatty plaques back to the liver to be broken down. Therefore, it is imperative to boost HDL and lower LDL.
This can be done by limiting fried and processed foods while consuming foods high in unsaturated fat, such as fish, avocados, seeds, nuts, and oils. In short, saturated and trans fats are bad, and unsaturated fats are good! The bottom line is to focus on the fats that help promote good health. It is wise to choose the healthier types of dietary fat and then enjoy them — in moderation.
Kyle Knobloch is a personal trainer at Razor Sharp Fitness. To learn more razorsharpfit.com/meet-fitness-trainers/