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3. Cholesterol
The Old Conventional Wisdom
It has long been accepted wisdom that eating foods high in cholesterol – eggs, red meat, shellfish – leads to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which can cause heart attacks and strokes. As a result, over the past few decades doctors and nutritionists have advised their patients to eat less of these foods to reduce their risks. Furthermore, it was believed there were two types of cholesterol – HDL, or “good” cholesterol; and LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. The higher your HDLs relative to your LDLs (what’s known as your “Cholesterol Ratio”) the better.

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