02/02/2011 08:27 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Heart Health: 12 Myths About Cholesterol

February is Heart Health month, which should have you thinking about how well you are treating your own heart. If you are trying to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, or your doctor has said that you need to lower your cholesterol, you are probably trying to keep a close eye on your diet.

This does not mean that you must avoid all your favorite foods. What it might take is substituting different ingredients in a recipe or stir-frying a food rather than deep fat frying it.

Learning the difference in the types of fat that we eat and where these fats are found in our food is also important to controlling the cholesterol levels in our blood. Taking precautions today could prevent a heart condition tomorrow.

Here are some of the most common myths and facts that you should know.

13 Common Cholesterol Myths Busted

Dr. Reeves served as past president of the American Dietetic Association, and has conducted clinical trials in nutrition and behavioral medicine at Baylor College of Medicine for the past 30 years. In 2001 the American Dietetic Association awarded Dr. Reeves with the Medallion Award, one of the highest awards bestowed on a member.