High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is often called “good” cholesterol, but really it’s great: for every point you add to your score, you get a 2-3% drop in your risk of heart disease. Cholesterol-cutting statins aren’t very effective at raising HDL – but, happily, these foods are:
- Berries HDL levels rose 5% when adults ate a cup of frozen berries every day for eight weeks.
- Eggs Healthy adults who ate an egg every day for 12 weeks increased HDL as much as 48%, according to a Thai study. Eggs are rich in lecithin – which, animal studies have shown, raises HDL.