Depends on why . Saturated fats will raise HDL cholesterol. Fish oils, to a smaller extent will also raise HDL cholesterol (when triglycerides are high, the reason may be that as tg's go down, HDL goes up). In addition, for those overweight and pre-diabetic or Insulin resistant a diet reduced in simple carbohydrates and refined sugars can improve the HDL level as tg's go down. Think heart healthy.
Vegetable fat. Oil, avocado and nuts are a good source of good fat.
PUFA's and MUFA's. Poly and mono unsaturated fats help raise hdl-c and lower ldl-c in the body. Beware ! fats are high in calories, so even good fats can make you gain weight which will increase triglycerides and lower hdl-c. Decreasing saturated fats will also help raise hdl-c, so cut out the meat, cheese, butter, palm, and coconut oil. Read more...