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What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is often interchanged with the term fats or lipids. However, fats, also called lipids, encompass three classes. Cholesterol belongs in one of those classes.
3 Classes of Lipids
Triglycerides are the only lipids that function as the human body’s important energy source. They are also the main storage of fats (like the fat on your stomach).
Phospholipids form from triglycerides by chemical processes. The main function of this fat is to build plasma membranes. Plasma membranes provide structure and regulate individual cells in the human body.
Steroids possess the sterol nucleus, a chemical ring structure. Their functions help run chemical processes essential for daily living. One well known steroid is Cholesterol. The body needs small amounts to survive but too much hurts.
In general, a good advice to follow is that The American Heart Association recommends daily diet of less than 300 mg of cholesterol. Why is too much cholesterol bad? How can we prevent it? These sorts of questions fuels research to keep the body healthy. Luckily, we have answers. Keep on reading!