What is known as good cholesterol?

HDL(high density lipid) 1. HDL cholesterol is cholesterol with a large concentration of protein within its molecule. As other cholesterol is deposited on the walls of the arteries, HDL cholesterol picks it up and carries it back to the liver for reprocessing. This is why a high HDL value in the blood is desirable. According to the American Hearth Association, serum values of 60 mg/dL are the most desirable, while values under 40 mg/dL are undesirable. HDL cholesterol is found in protein-rich foods, including lean meats and soy protein.