It is triglycerides (the other blood fat), that is the primary risk factor increasing your chance of having a heart attack or stroke.
Many people are surprised to learn that even though triglycerides are a fat, the unhealthy diet that raises triglycerides has nothing to do with fat intake; triglycerides (and cholesterol as well) are elevated by eating sugar.
The other dietary factor that in some cases will raise cholesterol is polyunsaturated oils (the ones that the propaganda says will help prevent cardiovascular disease).
Neither triglycerides nor cholesterol are elevated by eating saturated fat in general or high cholesterol foods in particular. Remember, while cholesterol is not a primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease, triglycerides are, and are probably the most significant.
A study published in Circulation (October 21, 1997, shows the result of Harvard research indicating that …
THE 25% OF THE POPULATION WITH THE HIGHEST TRIGLYCERIDE TO HDL RATIO HAS 16 TIMES MORE HEART RELATED EVENTS THAN THE 25% WHOSE RATIOS WERE THE LOWEST.
What raises triglycerides? Starchy foods and sugary foods. The most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke is to either significantly reduce your starch and sugar intake or completely eliminate it.