15 Health Benefits of Low-Carb & Ketogenic Diets (I Love No. 9)

2. With Low-Carb, You Can Control Your LDL Cholesterol

As mentioned previously, HDL is typically referred to as “good” cholesterol, while LDL is usually called “bad” cholesterol.

This is something of an oversimplification.

Elevated LDL levels are associated with a heightened risk of heart disease, but studies have discovered that there are different sizes of LDL particles and that the smallest LDL particles are the ones that increase the risk of heart attack. The larger LDL particles do not seem to significantly increase the risk of heart disease (11, 12, 13).

Low-carb diets help you out with your LDL cholesterol in a couple of ways. Eating low-carb both reduces the amount of LDL in your bloodstream, and raises the size of the particles (14, 15, 16, 17).
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