Friday, January 29, 2010

Cholesterol is NOT Fat!

Cholesterol has nothing to do with the fat content of a food. Cholesterol is chemically a steroid (not the anabolic type, of course), and it's produced by the liver. Only animal products contain it. Consequently, a food item can have no cholesterol yet be high in fat. Conversely, something can be high in cholesterol yet low in fat, such as shrimp. Despite the difference in fat and cholesterol, a diet high in fat, particularly saturated fat, can indeed raise cholesterol levels.

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