Mmm… cholesterol…

Why do so many yummy things have so much cholesterol in them?

Take bacon, for instance, and Pillsbury biscuits. Mmm-mmm-good! But, golly bejeezus, you don’t want to see the nutritional info on these things re: cholesterol. And, of course, I *would* be making these two items right this very moment for my household’s contribution to the gaming snackies. (Background info: If you checked my website “Rowena’s World,” then you know that I game on a regular basis with a group of friends on a campaign that’s been going on for over a year now. The sessions usually last four hours, and so having potluck snackies around is a good thing.)

Anyhoo… cholesterol. Yes, yes, it’s because of fat. Yes, yes, it’s because (re: “bad” cholesterol) of *animal* fat. Because I’m just that kind of person, here’s a definition, courtesy of http://www.1uphealth.com/health/cholesterol_info.html

“Definition
A soft, waxy substance that is present in all parts of the body including the nervous system, skin, muscle, liver, intestines, and heart. It is made by the body and obtained from animal products in the diet.

Overview & Functions
Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver for normal body functions including the production of hormones, bile acid, and Vitamin D. It is transported in the blood to be used by all parts of the body.”

So, our bodies make cholesterol. We need it for healthy bodily functions. So additional cholesterol is just, well, thick creamy gravy over our meat and potatoes. Not really necessary. And we’re better off getting in “good” LDL cholesterol, such as found in fish and olive oil…

But, man, I *still* like bacon and Pillsbury biscuits. And ice cream… mmmm… ice cream….

Just in moderation! 🙂

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