Everybody needs some cholesterol, but too much cholesterol can accumulate and create a fatty build up in the artery walls, narrowing arteries and restricting blood flow. This in turn can result in a heart attack or stroke (Heart Foundation, 2014).
Your liver and other cells in the body make about 75% of the body’s cholesterol, and the rest is made up by the foods in which we eat (Heart Foundation, 2014).
LDL-cholesterol is known as bad cholesterol as it deposits in the artery walls. HDL-cholesterol is considered good cholesterol, because it transports cholesterol back to the liver where it is broken down thus preventing cholesterol being deposited in arterial walls.
If your cholesterol levels are not well controlled, the risk of developing heart disease is increased.
It is possible to control your cholesterol levels through the food that we eat. Cholesterol in your body is mostly from saturated fat in the diet, and therefore reducing the saturated fat intake as much as possible is a good way to reduce your cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are mostly found in animal products and full-fat dairy products (Family Doctor, 2014). Therefore to limit cholesterol intake, it can be as easy as trimming the fat off meat, using margarine instead of butter, and using low-fat dairy products.
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