Content beyond this point is designed
for health professionals only.

Are you a health professional?

Clicking 'no' will redirect you to the consumer nutrition section of our website.


You are here

LDL and HDL cholesterol

HDL and LDL are different types of cholesterolFats are mainly carried around the body bound to specialised proteins, the lipoproteins. These lipoproteins are in a constant state of flux as they deposit and receive their component lipids and their chemistry and involvement in metabolism is complex.

In simple terms, most cholesterol in the blood (70%) is carried by low-density lipoproteins (LDL), which take cholesterol from the liver to body tissues. High blood levels of LDL-cholesterol (sometimes called "bad cholesterol") are associated with an increased risk of CHD. Much of the remaining cholesterol is carried as high-density lipoproteins (HDL), so-called "good cholesterol", which is involved in the disposal of cholesterol, and which is associated with a decreased risk of CHD.

Find out more about CHD and cholesterol and cholesterol in eggs.

All information checked by an independent Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian