LDL cholesterol is considered "bad", with this form of cholesterol contributing to plague, clogging arteries, and increasing the chance of heart attack or stroke. HDL is the "good" cholesterol, with this substance essential for removing LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver. In contrast to LDL, high levels of HDL cholesterol have actually been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. The healthy consumption of fat is all about regulating LDL and HDL levels in order to experience the benefits of fat without the associated problems.
Trans fats are the worst type of dietary fat, with this substance made from a by-product of a process known as hydrogenation that turns healthy oils into solids. Trans fats increase the amount of harmful LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream and reduce the amount of beneficial HDL cholesterol, with these fats having no known health benefits and no safe level of consumption. Trans fats are found in fried foods, baked products, margarines, ice cream, and a range of other processed food products.
Monounsaturated fats are generally believed to be good, with these fats found naturally in many food produc [...]