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Watch Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol is linked closely to heart disease. Keeping your cholesterol under 300 milligrams per day is important in heart health. Try limiting red meat intake to two or three six-ounce portions per week, and don't overuse butter, egg yolks or other items high in sodium ("bad cholesterol" is called LDL). Choose low-fat or non-fat dairy products, and eat foods such as oatmeal, beans and whole grains for "good cholesterol" (HDL). Dr. Liang said a good way to remember the difference between LDL and HDL is "L for lousy" and "H for healthy."Tammy Ljungblad, MCT