You Should Never Believe These Myths You’ve Heard About Cholesterol

2. Myth: All cholesterol comes from food

Your body naturally produces all the cholesterol it needs. | Graphic by Nicole Moore/The Cheat Sheet

The reality: Cholesterol comes from what your body produces, not directly from food.

The American Heart Association says foods like meats, poultry, and full-fat dairy don’t directly become plaque; they trigger your liver to create more cholesterol. But even on a low-cholesterol diet, your body produces the substance. It just produces less when you eat healthy. If high levels run in your family, however, your body may naturally produce more than it needs.

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