Cholesterol is a waxy, fat – like substance that your body needs. There are two kinds of cholesterol found in our bodies, the “good” high-density lipoprotein or HDL, and the “bad” low-density lipoprotein or LDL. Having excess of cholesterol can begin to build up on the walls of the arteries and create blockages. If these blockages become severe it can lead to heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. The best way to learn more about your cholesterol levels and your health is to visit your doctor and have a blood test done.
Cholesterol has many functions in our bodies. It can be incorporated into the structure of our cell membranes, used to make bile for the digestion of food, used in the production of sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone and helps to create vitamin D.
The American Heart Association suggests limiting dietary cholesterol to less than 300 milligrams per day.
Sources in the Diet
Cholesterol can be found in a wide variety of foods. Some examples include egg yolks, beef, shrimp, hotdogs and cheeses.