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Cholesterol overview

Cholesterol is one of the single biggest risk factors for coronary heart disease – the UK’s biggest cause of death. Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) made by the body. It’s essential for good health but high levels may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Sometimes high cholesterol runs in families, but an unhealthy diet can cause abnormal levels. If changing your diet doesn't help, your doctor may prescribe medicine.

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Eating beans and pulses may lower cholesterol

Eating a diet rich in beans and pulses, such as chickpeas and lentils, may help lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.

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Facts about cholesterol

Is the cholesterol in egg yolks the "good" or "bad" kind? Can you "burn" cholesterol by exercising? Which has more cholesterol, butter or a peanut butter?

Most people know that fat is bad for them, but many are also confused about how cholesterol differs from fats. The fat issue is actually the most clearly defined topic in nutrition. Many people in the UK would benefit from cutting the fat in their diet. They need to do it now and for the rest of their lives, for the sake of their hearts, health and waistlines.

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