Hi, I'm Teresa, and welcome to My Fresh Kitchen. Today, I wanna talk to you about cholesterol guidelines for children. Often we don't think about cholesterol in our kid's diets because the detriments of a high cholesterol diet take effect so much later in life. But research shows that cardiovascular disease has its roots in childhood, and cholesterol is a big part of that. So current guidelines recommend that your child should have cholesterol levels of LDL lower than 130, and HDL lower than 110. If your child's cholesterol levels are higher than 200 or 130, then they do have high cholesterol, and they will be at greater risk of disease later in life. But the good news is, a healthy diet that supports low cholesterol supports healthy growth in every way. So to make sure that your child's cholesterol levels stay intact, you'll want to make sure you focus on getting lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. These products are high in soluble fiber, and that helps lower your LDL. When you're working with protein, you'll want to stick with lean cuts of meats, and fish, and beans and soy products lower in saturated fat. And you're working with dairy products, make sure you go with non-fat or skim options to also lower the saturated fat intake in your child's diet.