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  1. The term "dyslipidemia" is replacing the term "hyperlipidemia" because, whereas "hyperlipidemia" indicates elevated lipid levels, some lipid levels are favorable when high.

  2. New Zealand has the highest per capita death rate from heart disease.

  3. Atherosclerosis, the clogging of arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes, can start before birth.

  4. Most of the cholesterol in your body is made in your liver, using saturated fat from your diet. Cholesterol also comes directly from some foods such as eggs, meats, and dairy products.

  5. Nuts are the best plant source of protein. They're rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium. The good fats in nuts and seeds help LOWER CHOLESTEROL. Peanuts don't count though , for they are not true nuts but rather legumes!

  6. Recent studies show eating dark chocolate can lower blood cholesterol.  This has to be one of the best scientific discoveries ever!

  7. Top Foods that help lower cholesterol include:  oatmeal & oat bran, walnuts, almonds, & nuts, fish & omega-3-fatty acids, and olive oil.  Not as good as chocolate, but good knowledge to have anyway.

  8. Eggs have the most concentrated amounts of cholesterol of all foods, but there aren't any studies proving eating one to two a day will raise your cholesterol.

  9. A quart of ice cream and 68 slices of bacon have about the same amount of cholesterol.  What a choice - 34 BLT's or a large ice cream sundae.  Actually, an apple would be a better choice than both.  No one ever said a bowl of ice cream a day keeps the doctor away. 

  10. The American Heart Association recommends that daily cholesterol intake not exceed 300 mg. A chocolate bar is actually low in cholesterol. A 1.65 oz. bar contains only 12 mg! A one oz piece of cheddar cheese contains 30 mg of cholesterol - more than double the amount found in a chocolate bar.  This does not mean you should eat 25 candy bars a day and never eat cheese.  A balanced low fat diet would be the wise choice.