Cholesterol is a type of waxy lipid, or waxy fat, also known as a sterol. We produce most of our cholesterol in the liver (approx 75%) and the rest we gain from our diet.
Cholesterol is found in all animal cells because it is an important part of a cell membrane.. cholesterol helps maintain the integrity of the cell wall and its fluidity which helps the cell function properly.. cell walls are the real brains of the cell, (not the nucleus) and are extremely important.
Cholesterol also enables our cells to dispense with a tough outer membrane such as you find in plants, which gives us the ability to move, change shape and to be mobile. Adding to this, cholesterol serves as a precursor to vitamin D and other hormones such as testosterone, progesterone and oestrogen, it is also needed to produce bile! So as you can see, this waxy lipid with such a bad reputation is in fact our very best friend.
The problem today and for the past several years is not just cholesterol .. its the addition...
Over the past few years you've probably read many media stories about yet another superfood coming your way. There now seems to be an ever expanding list of superfoods which allows any food with a bright colour to it to qualify!
But really... are superfoods a real thing? or just a gimmick to inspire us to buy more
of a certain food over another? The Oxford English Dictionary describes a superfood as: A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being; now let's face it... that description applies to a lot of foods...
Nutrients - Not only should a Superfood contain an excellent source of a particular nutrient, but also a diverse array of other nutrients and phytochemicals which improve our health.
More Good, Less Bad - Certain foods may contain plenty of healthy elements, but can also contain other not so healthy elements, such as empty calories (sugars), fats, cholesterol etc. Superfoods should contain none or virtually none...