So, September is Cholesterol Education Month, the perfect time for you to learn more about cholesterol. And If you’re worried about cholesterol but don’t even know what it really is, this is for you. First of all, cholesterol is an essential fat for your bodies’ cells, and is carried through the body by proteins in the blood, called lipoproteins.

Now, the common understanding is that your arteries are like pipes and that cholesterol is some icky gunk that will get absorbed in to the blood and clog up your “pipes.” That’s why many people recommend that you shouldn’t eat foods that are high in cholesterol. That isn’t entirely true as there are different forms of cholesterol.

Good Cholesterol Versus Bad Cholesterol

LDL, or the so-called bad cholesterol, is considered to be the “bad” kind of cholesterol because it is a major factor in building plaque. Plaque is a formation of a thick, hard deposit that usually clogs arteries and eventually makes them less flexible over time. Such a medical condition is referred to as atherosclerosis. Apart from this, another disease known as peripheral artery disease could develop when there is plaque buildup in an artery that supplies blood to the legs. Heart attacks or strokes usually result out of blood clots blocking a narrowed artery.

HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol, is considered so because it has been proven to remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries. It is believed to act as a purifier, hunting down and ferrying away the LDL cholesterol from the arteries, and back to the liver.

This is where it is broken down and passes out of the body along with urine. It is estimated that 1/4th to 1/3rd of all blood cholesterol is carried by HDL. It is also said that having a healthy amount of HDL cholesterol levels may provide some protection against heart attacks and/or strokes, with lower levels indicating an increased risk of a heart attack.

The Simple Truth

The reality is that eating foods high in saturated fats increases LDL level in the blood stream and it is important to eat a diet that lowers LDL cholesterol levels while raising HDL cholesterol levels. It is advised, that a low-fat plant based diet is most beneficial for our overall health and the best diet to prevent heart disease including stroke and high blood pressure.

Tens of millions of people all over the world are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, and pharmaceutical companies are making big bucks out if it. Now that you know better, plan your eating routine well and don’t fall for the hate-cholesterol trap that marketers are laying out for you.

September 3rd  2015, written by Benjamin Roussey for bodono.

Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. He has an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006) where he attributes his writing prowess. He has worked everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, and also for public agencies. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. He misses Saudi food and living in Korea. Benjamin has a tremendous work ethic and is quite focused. Now he writes professionally for several clients that covers one sector of our economy to another. Currently he lives in the Phoenix area after living in Cabo San Lucas, MX for 3 years. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working online: