Cholesterol is an enormously complex molecule, and to think that you can radically pull this out of the body and not have consequences is ridiculous. It’s such bad science. ‒ Dr John Abramson, Harvard School of Public Health
For decades, it’s been assumed that cholesterol is a toxic substance in the body and that getting your cholesterol as low as you can is good for your health, but, as I will explain, not only is this misleading, but also, this misunderstanding has had a considerable harmful effect on our overall health.
And things are not helped by the fact that the media, and many scientists and doctors (under the financial influence of the food and pharmaceutical industry), still disseminate selected, biased and outdated information.
Cholesterol is a fatty, wax-like substance that is present in all cells of the body and has many important functions, including the production of the sex hormones oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Cholesterol helps produce bile acids, which help in the digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins from the intestine into the bloodstream.
Cholesterol is also involved in the body’s synthesis of vitamin D.
How did cholesterol and, more specifically, LDL cholesterol get such a bad name?