Cholesterol in Your Food and In Your Blood
There are 2 main categories of cholesterol: Dietary and Blood.
Dietary cholesterol is a component of food, like fat, protein, sugar, vitamins and minerals. Dietary cholesterol is ONLY found in animal-based food. It is what we find on labels. It can not be measured by a doctor (the same way they are not able to 'measure' how many hotdogs, hamburgers, prime rib and grilled chicken you eat.) It is not the same as the cholesterol we naturally produce.
Blood cholesterol is made in our liver. This is what your doctor measures. Lower blood cholesterol levels are linked to lower rates of 'Western Diseases' such as heart disease and cancers (of the liver, rectum, colon, lungs, breast, leukemia, brain, stomach and throat.) Blood cholesterol has been proven to be an important indicator of disease risk.
Several studies now show that animal-based foods are associated with increasing blood cholesterol. And, with almost NO exceptions, nutrients from plant-based foods are associated with decreasing levels of blood cholesterol.
By following our eating challenge of consuming mostly fruits & veggies, you should see a dramatic and positive change in cholesterol levels, if this has been a problem for you. Stick with us for the next 4 weeks and see for yourself.
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