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Effects of Dietary Fats on Cholesterol

Fat Type
Food Sources
Cholesterol Effect
Cholesterol
Lobster, shrimp, liver
May increase total cholesterol
Monounsaturated  
Olive oil, canola oil, meat, fish, poultry
Lowers total cholesterol and LDL
Polyunsaturated
Vegetable oils, fish, seafood
Lowers total cholesterol and HDL
Saturated
Red meat, cheese, butter, coconut and palm oils
Increases total cholesterol and LDL
Trans fatty acids
Margarine, processed foods
Increases total cholesterol and LDL

Notes
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is commonly known as 'good' cholesterol.
LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is commonly known as 'bad' cholesterol.

Sources

Perry, A., ed. American Medical Association Complete Guide to Men's Health. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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