Ideal cholesterol levels are less than 5.5mmo/L1.
However, people really concerned about their heart health should
aim for total cholesterol levels of less than 4mmol/L, as well as
LDL cholesterol levels under 2.5mmol/L and HDL cholesterol level
above 1.0mmol/L2. For more information about ideal
cholesterol levels, visit the Heart Foundation of Australia website
(www.heartfoundation.org.au) or speak to your
The main dietary emphasis for heart health is on lowering lipid
levels, namely LDL cholesterol, and raising the HDL or 'good'
cholesterol. Saturated fat is the main culprit in the diet for high
cholesterol. Cholesterol in food can also raise blood cholesterol
levels but to a much lower level than saturated
Cholesterol in your body comes not only from your diet but is
also produced by your liver. So your total cholesterol level also
depends on your genetics and some people may have concerns about
their cholesterol because of their family history.