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Do you know these foods bust our recommended cholesterol intake for the day?

Health promotion board (HPB) recommends that intake of cholesterol should not exceed 300mg daily. Here are 4 facts about cholesterol.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in the cell walls of our body.

Where does cholesterol come from?

There are two sources of cholesterol. The cholesterol that is needed by our body to function is made by our liver. The other source of cholesterol is dietary, that is from the food we consume. Dietary cholesterol originates from foods of animal origin. Some examples are liver and organ meats (offal), egg yolks, shellfish, meats and whole milk dairy products such as butter and cheese.

How many types of cholesterol are there?

Low density lipoprotein (LDL) also known as “bad” cholesterol, may cause heart disease by building up in the coronary arteries.

High density lipoprotein (HDL) also known as “good” cholesterol, removes cholesterol from the body.

What does bad cholesterol do to the heart?

When cholesterol builds up in the coronary arteries of the heart, it may lead to narrowing of the blood vessels and cause the blood vessels to harden. This condition is called atherosclerosis, which is a form of coronary heart disease.

Think of cholesterol in direct conflict with your bank account, where withdrawal is more beneficial than deposit.

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