Cholesterol is a waxy substance that can accumulate in the body when eating foods like meat, dairy products, and eggs. Although cholesterol is needed for the body to function properly, too much of it can be dangerous. The body already creates some cholesterol, so with the added cholesterol from foods it is imperative we pay attention to the types of foods we are consuming.
There are two types of cholesterol: HDL’s, and LDL’s. High density lipoproteins (HDL) are responsible for carrying excess cholesterol to the liver to be discharged. Low density lipoproteins carry cholesterol to tissue which is when it becomes an issue.
Foods high in saturated and trans fats are known to increase cholesterol levels. Staying away from these types of foods can help decrease the chance of increased cholesterol levels which can lead to health issues directly associated with heart disease.
Secret: The body transports both fat and cholesterol within the body by placing them in a water soluble bubble of protein which is called a lipoprotein.