Hi, I'm Teresa Howes, and welcome to My Fresh Kitchen. Today, I wanted to explain to you what an HDL/LDL ratio means. We used to measure cholesterol in terms of total cholesterol, and suggested that it be below 200, but more and more studies have shown that all cholesterol isn't created equal, and if we continue to measure cholesterol in terms of total cholesterol, it would discourage us from building up our good cholesterols. So when you're looking at an LDL/HDL ratio, the LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein, and that is the bad cholesterol that actually clogs your arteries. So you would want a low LDL ratio, so you want them to be less than 100. To do that, you would want to make sure that you decrease saturated fats and cholesterol rich foods out of your diet. Those would be things like whole milk, dairy and butter. Now on the flip side, HDL, which is high-density lipoproteins, are actually quite good for you, and to increase you HDL ratios, you would want to have something above 60, and to do that you would want to incorporate more mono and polyunsaturated fats into your diet, and those would be things like olive oil, nuts and avocado.