Whenever a person hears the word “cholesterol”, it seem that they automatically think of something that is negative. However, cholesterol is a substance that is already in every cell of our bodies. Cholesterol does not only enter the body through the foods that we eat, but 75% of the body’s cholesterol is actually made in the liver. While our body may actually require cholesterol, we still need to try to keep a balance between the “good” types of cholesterol and the “bad”. Let’s explore a few of the myths that are often told about cholesterol so that we can better understand why and how our body reacts to it.
Myth 1. All Cholesterol is “Bad”
A lot of people assume that any type of cholesterol is bad for the body and can lead to serious problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. However, there are actually two different types of cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein is a “good” type of cholesterol, and it can be used for digestion, to create Vitamin D, estrogen and testosterone. It even collects “bad” cholesterol to be deposited in the liver. Low-density lipoprotein is the “bad” type of cholesterol that is the real culprit and the cause for all of the negative reactions to all forms of cholesterol, often leading to narrow and hardened arteries.