How Much Cholesterol Comes From My Diet?
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Registered dietitian Katherine Patton MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, answers this one about cholesterol.
A: It’s difficult to know exactly how much cholesterol comes from your food, because your liver also manufactures cholesterol. But we do know which types of cholesterol are influenced by dietary choices.
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Your total cholesterol includes three types of blood fats, or lipids:
It’s worth noting that people with genetic conditions such as familial hyperlipidemia may have difficulty improving their cholesterol levels despite their best efforts at diet and exercise.
However, a Mediterranean-style diet benefits not just your heart; it also protects against other chronic diseases.
— Registered dietitian Katherine Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD