Science Questions

Does your body make cholesterol

Sun, 7th Jan 2007

Part of the shows Red Wine, Caffeine and Bugs in Your Gut and The Best Naked Science

Question

Georgia from Cambridge asked:

If you don't eat enough cholesterol - does your body not just make it anyway?

Answer

The idea that you should have a low cholesterol diet to lower your cholesterol is completely flawed. In fact if you eat a low fat diet and have lots of refined carbohydrates, then your body likes to make cholesterol out of those excess carbohydrates. So a low fat diet isn't the secret to lowering cholesterol levels.

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