You may have heard that a paleo diet can help with weight loss. That’s most likely because it’s filled with of lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds while being low in carbohydrates and processed and sugary foods.
But researchers are also looking at how the paleo diet might affect your cholesterol.
Good and Bad Cholesterol
You have two types of cholesterol in your body: HDL, often called good cholesterol, and LDL, or bad cholesterol.
LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. It contributes to fatty buildup in your arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis. This can raise your risk of serious cardiovascular problems like a heart attack, a stroke, or peripheral artery disease (PAD).
HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, moves LDL cholesterol from your arteries to your liver. There, your body breaks it down and gets rid of it. High levels of HDL help protect against heart attack and stroke.
Triglycerides, the most common type of fat in your body, are related. A high triglyceride level along with high LDL cholesterol or low HDL cholesterol may lead to fatty buildup in the artery walls and a higher risk of heart attack and