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Understanding Fat & Cholesterol

Controlling Your Cholesterol - VHL HealthSheet #82036_VA
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that travels in your bloodstream. When you have high cholesterol, it builds up in the walls of your blood vessels. This makes the blood vessels narrower and blood flow decrease. Then you could have a heart attack or a stroke.
Facts About Dietary Fat - VHL HealthSheet #82072_VA
Eating less fat is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Start by finding out which fats are better to use. Then always try to use as little as you can.
Understanding Fat and Cholesterol - VHL HealthSheet #84243_VA
Too much cholesterol in your blood can lead to blocked arteries. Eating foods that contain cholesterol can raise your blood cholesterol. Planning meals that are low in cholesterol and saturated fat helps reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood. Try to eat less than 200 mg of cholesterol a day.
Cholesterol Quiz - VHL HealthSheet #84544_VA
Test how much you know about cholesterol.
Understanding Food and Cholesterol - VHL HealthSheet #84546_VA
What you eat has a big effect on your body’s cholesterol level. Eating certain foods can raise your cholesterol. Other foods can help you lower it. Watching what you eat can help you get your cholesterol level under control.
Understanding Dietary Fat - VHL HealthSheet #84241_VA
There are different kinds of fats in the foods you eat. Fats can be saturated or unsaturated. Planning meals that are low in saturated fat helps reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood. A healthy goal is to have less than 30% of your daily calories come from fat. Instead of fats, eat more fruits, grains, and vegetables.
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