What are triglycerides, and how do they relate to high cholesterol?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Registered Dietician Ashley Koff explains what triglycerides are, and how they relate to your cholesterol levels. Watch Ashley's video for important tips and information about healthy nutrition and diet.

Triglycerides are a lipid that is present in the blood along with cholesterol. Like cholesterol, an excess of triglycerides can lead to heart disease, as well as pancreatitis. Triglycerides can be tested along with cholesterol. A blood level of less than 150 mg/dL is ideal.

Continue Learning about Fats


At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.

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