A heart healthy diet is one that maintains balance. Eating too much saturated fat is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. A diet high in saturated fat causes a soft, waxy substance called cholesterol to build up in the arteries. Too much fat also increases the risk of heart disease because of its high calorie content, which increases the chance of becoming obese (another risk factor for heart disease).
What does having high triglycerides mean? Is that bad? And can you do anything about it? High triglycerides, which usually means a value greater than 150 mg/dl after an overnight fast, is among the most misunderstood of common tests. Yet it is among the most important and insightful numbers of the four values on any standard cholesterol…