Cholesterol is a fatty waxy substance in the body. High levels of cholesterol in the blood, along with other lifestyle and hereditary risk factors, can lead to atherosclerosis.
Majority of the cholesterol in the body is produced by the liver and is influenced by factors such as genetics, lifestyle and dietary fat intake.
The rest comes from the food that we eat. Cholesterol is only present in animal foods. The MOH recommends individuals with hyperlipidaemia to keep their cholesterol intake under 300mg per day.
Recent studies have shown that the effect of dietary cholesterol intake on blood cholesterol levels is modest. However, it is still prudent to moderate the intake of cholesterol, especially for individuals with heart diseases or diabetes.
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