Not all cholesterol is created equal. Cholesterol — a waxy substance made by the body and found in some foods — is something the body needs, at least in small amounts. But increased blood levels of cholesterol — particularly the LDL or "bad" cholesterol — had been linked to a greater risk of heart disease.
Cutting back on dietary fat and cholesterol is a great place to start in lowering your LDL, but ensuring you eat more of the right foods is also important. Read on to find out what types of foods can lower the LDL cholesterol and provide other heart health benefits.