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What is HDL cholesterol?

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HDL cholesterol is the kind of cholesterol you want more of.

It's called the "good" cholesterol because it helps protect you from getting heart disease.

HDL cholesterol brings cholesterol to your liver, which sends it out of your body. So you want as much HDL as possible.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Cholesterol?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cholesterol?"

Jenkins, D. , Dec. 14, 2010. Canadian Medical Association Journal

CDC: "Nutrition for Everyone: Polyunsaturated Fats and Monounsaturated Fats."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Cholesterol?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cholesterol?"

Jenkins, D. , Dec. 14, 2010. Canadian Medical Association Journal

CDC: "Nutrition for Everyone: Polyunsaturated Fats and Monounsaturated Fats."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

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