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The truth about cholesterol: A quiz

A high blood cholesterol level is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease. Take this quiz to test your cholesterol knowledge, because what you don’t know can hurt you.

1. Most of the cholesterol in your body comes from what you eat.
 True
 False
2. To protect your heart, you want:
 high levels of high-density lipoproteins, or HDL
 high levels of low-density lipoproteins, or LDL
 high levels of triglycerides
 none of the above
3. Which one of the following oils is bad for your cholesterol?
 peanut
 canola
 palm
 olive
4. The cholesterol in your food is the biggest culprit behind high cholesterol levels.
 True
 False
5. The government-sponsored Therapeutic Lifestyles Changes (TLC) diet recommends you get how many of your daily calories from saturated fat?
 less than 25 percent
 less than 12 percent
 less than 7 percent
 They make no recommendation.
6. If you’re not overweight, you don’t have to worry about cholesterol.
 True
 False
7. The American Heart Association recommends you start cholesterol testing at age:
 20
 30
 40
 50

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