Cholesterol on food labels?

I was wondering, when it says "cholesterol" on a nutrition label, is it referring to HDL or LDL? For example, one label says the amount per serving is less than 5 mg, and is 1% daily value. Is that talking about good or bad cholesterol or both or what? Thanks!

3 comments

  • Raelyn

    Neither. The cholesterol in foods is metabolized in the liver before being released into the bloodstream. Most of the cholesterol in your blood was made by your body and didn’t come from food. Most people’s livers can adjust the amount of cholesterol to the amount in the diet – if more cholesterol is eaten, the body makes less. According to cholesterol expert Chris Masterjohn, about 30% of people have increased blood cholesterol if they eat a lot of foods with cholesterol, but the increase is in HDL, not LDL. Many people are unaware that excess carbohydrates not burned as energy are metabolized by the liver and stored as fat, creating harmful triglycerides and VLDL, See the link below and browse around the website for more great info about cholesterol.

  • It’s usually the bad cholesterol, or LDL

  • Harry Bliss

    This info might give you a better understanding on the cholesterol content listed on each product labels today, http://cholesterol.about.com/od/cholesterolnutrition101/qt/fatnutriclaim.htm

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