Cholesterol is often viewed negatively due to its historical association with heart disease. However, its role in heart health is controversial. Read on to learn what cholesterol is, how your body uses it, why low-carb and keto diets may lead to a change in blood cholesterol levels, and whether you should be concerned if your cholesterol increases with a keto or low-carb lifestyle. Your body makes most of the cholesterol that is found in your bloodstream. It’s primarily produced in the liver. Dietary cholesterol – found in animal foods like eggs, shellfish, cheese and organ meat – makes up a smaller portion of your blood cholesterol pool. The basics: What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is absorbed from your digestive tract and circulated throughout your bloodstream, where it can be used by cells as needed. It then returns to the liver to be converted into bile acids or used for other purposes. Importantly, cholesterol doesn’t travel around your bloodstream on its own. As a hydrophobic (water-repelling) substance. So that means when weContinue reading »