The Cholesterol in Your Food Doesn’t Matter – T NATION

Does Cholesterol in Food Affect Your Cholesterol Levels?

It seems that a disproportionate amount of the 5 million or so terabytes of information on the internet are devoted to advising people on how to lower their cholesterol.

The bulk of this advice seems to be a debate about whether it’s okay to eat eggs or shrimp or some other high-cholesterol food; whether they’re “safe” or if they’ll cause your arteries to plug up as snugly as your toilet when your four-year-old nephew tried to flush down a big Idaho potato.

Let me try to shine a little light through that murky sea of terabytes and say that the amount of cholesterol in the food you eat doesn’t appear to matter much at all.

Partake regularly in the Tuesday night, all-you-can-eat “Shrimp-A-Palooza” at the local seafood shanty. It probably won’t make a difference. Pop eggs like you’re in prison and your fellow inmates, to alleve the boredom, bet you a carton of cigarettes that you couldn’t eat 50 of them, hard-boiled. Still won’t likely matter.

Neither situation would probably make much difference because your body makes cholesterol on its own, pretty much no matter what. That’s an over-simplification, but eat a lot of cholesterol and it makes less. Eat less cholesterol and it makes more. Oh, food matters alright in determining your cholesterol levels, but it’s got little to do with the actual amount of cholesterol in that food.

Instead, cholesterol levels have to do with a couple of other issues:

  • The amount and type of carbohydrates in that food.
  • The amount of saturated fat you eat in combination with the cholesterol you ingest.

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