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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.

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