What to eat and what not to worry about

I often am asked what people should eat to help maintain their heart health. One reason might be that the topic of diet has become very controversial in recent years.

For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture told Americans for years in dietary guidelines to avoid eating more than three eggs a week. It turns out that only about 10 to 15% of the cholesterol in your bloodstream comes from cholesterol in the diet. Most of it is actually made by your own body.

So getting rid of eggs and foods that contain cholesterol doesn’t have a very big impact on your cholesterol levels. Eggs are fine. They’re actually a very healthy food.

Good fats, bad fats

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