Cholesterol is a fatty substance which has no calories. It is found only in animal products such as, beef, chicken, fish, cheese, eggs, and milk. Eating foods with high cholesterol will raise your level of cholesterol in your blood.
When the cholesterol enters your body, they combine into other substances to form lipoproteins:
LDL's (Low-density lipoproteins) Bad cholesterol.
Which increases the chance of heart disease.
HDL's (high-density lipoproteins) Good cholesterol.
Which removes the bad lipoproteins from your body.
The higher your HDL levels, the lower risk of developing heart disease. Your total cholesterol levels should be less than 200 mg per 100 ml. Next time you go to the doctor for blood tests ask he or she for your LDL/HDL levels. Your ratio of total cholesterol should be no more than 5:1 or less.