This is Nothing to Yolk About

Cholesterol is a substance that is not only produced by our liver, but also found in many food sources. Cholesterol is essential to a variety of  important functions in our bodies. It serves as an important precursor (building block) to Vitamin D, hormones (i.e estrogen and testosterone) and bile acids (aids in the breakdown  and absorption of dietary fats). There are two types of cholesterol characterized by their function. “Good” cholesterol or HDL (high-density lipoprotein) carries cholesterol away from arteries and back to the liver.  “Bad” cholesterol or LDL (low-density lipoprotein) carries cholesterol away from the liver to the arteries. Too much cholesterol in our blood stream, especially LDL  or “bad” cholesterol, can deposit and harden on the walls of our arteries. The hardening of arteries leads to cardiovascular issues like atherosclerosis, which limits the flow of blood from our heart to our other vital organs. While the connection between cardiovascular risk and choleste…