Good Cholesterol, Bad Cholesterol, and Your Diet

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Podcast Episode 67

Cholesterol gets a lot attention, and it’s generally considered a bad thing. Mary Purdy debunks common cholesterol myths, explains the difference between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol and how to improve your numbers!

PLUS: The nutrition challenge!


Why is cholesterol such a hot topic?

  • Have you checked your cholesterol recently?

Where can you find cholesterol?

  • Why is cholesterol actually necessary for our body’s survival?

When can excess cholesterol lead to a plaque build-up in the arterial wall?

  • Why there are plenty of people who have high cholesterol and lead long and healthy lives
  • Why there are plenty of people who have low cholesterol and have a heart attack
  • Why our bodies build plaque anyway

What is “good” cholesterol and what is “bad” cholesterol?

  • What are HDL and LDL?

What are the foods that you can eat to avoid bad cholesterol and clogged arteries?

  • What is the difference between saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and monounsaturated fats
  • Which foods to avoid
  • And why you have to work out to decrease cholesterol levels

PLUS: The Weekly Challenge!

Challenge yourself to incorporate lentils into a recipe or meal…our friends at USA Pulses know a thing or two about delicious affordable and sustainable recipes.


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  2. Email Mary at
  3. Put “cholesterol” in subject line
  4. FYI – Food from Nona Lim can only be sent to a USA address.

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Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, dishes out easy-to-digest info, tips, and advice about nutrition & lifestyle, backed by over 10 years of clinical experience and a healthy sense of humor. Join the weekly conversation! Episodes come out weekly.

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ABOUT MARY Mary Purdy is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from Bastyr University. Past experience:

  • Private practice (8 yrs)
  • Adjunct Professor at Bastyr University
  • Clinical Supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.

Mary currently works as a Registered Dietitian Coach at the Scientific Wellness company, Arivale. Mary takes an integrative/holistic approach to diet, health & wellness and believes that food is medicine! MARY’S NEW BOOK: Serving the Broccoli Gods DOWNLOAD MARY’S FREE GUIDE: 2-Day Body Reset

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is intended for entertainment purposes only. Please consult your doctor before following any information you hear here. The opinions expressed here are those exclusively of Mary Purdy, the Show’s producers, and guests, and do not necessarily represent the views of Arivale, Bastyr, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, or other entities.


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First things first: I love chocolate. I love kale. And I consume them both regularly, but generally not at the same time (although, ask me about my chocolate, berry & kale smoothie!) I also love helping people find easy ways make their body, mind, and life better while also making eco-friendly choices that support the health of our planet.


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