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What is Cholesterol?

Posted by on July 25th, 2012

Hamburger & Fries | Guarantee Green BlogOur Doctors tell us all the time to lower our cholesterol, but what is this dangerous thing, and why is it so delicious?

Cholesterol is a wax like substance that our body has very diverse uses for. It is produced by our liver, and helps build cells, make vitamin D, bile salts that digest fat, and certain hormones. So far so good right?

Our liver produces all the cholesterol we need to survive, however it’s nearly impossible to avoid cholesterol in your diet. Cholesterol is a type of lipid, a fat found in the human body. However lipids are not limited to the human body, and are also found in animal products. So only vegans eat a diet free of cholesterol.

Although cholesterol has many important functions in the body, it becomes dangerous in large quantities. Cholesterol uses the blood stream to travel around the body, and some get’s stuck to the walls of our arteries and veins while it’s traveling. Less cholesterol in the body means less cholesterol clogging up your bloodstream.

Eating a diet high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables is the best way to keep your cholesterol in check.

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