MYTH: Those with high cholesterol have a higher risk of heart attacks.
REALITY: While young and middle-aged men with significantly elevated cholesterol may be at a slightly heightened risk, many others with elevated cholesterol aren’t necessarily at greater risk than those with low levels. For older men and women, elevated cholesterol is often linked to longer life.
MYTH: Cholesterol and saturated fats are the primary culprits behind clogged arteries.
REALITY: Arterial plaque contains minimal cholesterol or saturated fats. The main component is similar to calcium deposits, and many of the fatty acids in the plaque are unsaturated.
MYTH: Consuming saturated fat and foods rich in cholesterol will increase cholesterol levels, leading to heart disease.
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