Well, good news. Despite my drastically increased intake of animal foods in the last year, my cholesterol count looks fabulous. My doc actually told me “You can eat anything you want. You could even add some deep-fried lard sticks, if you want.” My numbers are very slightly changed over last year – see below
Total cholesterol: 169 (up from 157); optimal is under 200
HDL (“good”): 75 (up from 65); optimal is 60 or higher
LDL (“bad”): 85 (don’t know last year’s); optimal is under 100
Triglycerides: 44 (don’t know last year’s); optimal is under 150
My total Chol/HDL ratio is 2.3 – a very good ratio suggesting I’m at no real risk for heart disease.
I eat cheese once or twice a day and meat about twice a day. It’s all from pasture-raised, healthy animals, and though I rather actively avoid lean meat (tastes like sawdust), I do keep portion sizes reasonable (3-4 oz, usually).
YMMV, but this says to me that all meat is not created equal.