BY CHERYL WILLIAMS, RD, LD
Clinical Nutritionist, Emory Heart & Vascular Center, Emory HeartWise Cardiac Risk Reduction Program
If you’re a healthy weight and exercise regularly, you probably don’t think you need to worry about your cholesterol, right? Wrong.
While it is a fact that diet and exercise play crucial roles in controlling cholesterol, eating too many fatty foods – especially those high in saturated fat and trans fat – is the primary cause of high cholesterol. Thin, active people may not be aware of how much bad fat they consume.
Saturated fats are derived primarily from animal products and are known to raise cholesterol levels. They are found in common foods like butter, cheese, whole milk, pork and red meat. Lower-fat versions of these foods usually contain saturated fats, but typically in smaller quantities than the regular versions. Certain plant oils, like palm and coconut oils, are another source of saturated fats. You may not use these oils when you cook,