...would still sound scary. Maybe it's an inherently frightening word, or maybe years of misinformation, famous fad diets, and nutritional terror tactics have made us weary of a naturally occurring substance.
Today, we want to do our part to clear up some un-truths and try to give cholesterol a better name. First off, a brief introduction: Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) produced by the liver and is vital for normal body function; every cell in our bodies has cholesterol in its outer layer. This all-star player fills many important roles inside our bodies--keeping our cell walls strong, helping with production of cortisol and estrogen (gotta keep those hormones balanced!), helping us metabolize vitamins, and converting sunshine into vitamin D.
Yet it gets a bad rap--what's up with that? It's because not all cholesterol is created equally. LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol moves from the liver to the cells. It's better known as bad cholesterol, because too much of it leads to build up and can increase blood pressure and risk of arterial diseas. HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol is viewed asgood cholesterol, because it goes the opposite way--taking cholesterol out of cells and back into the liver for proper break-down.
At Bizzy Lizzy, we work hard to create delicious, wheat-free baked goods, with your health and satisfaction in mind. Nearly all our products start with heart-healthy oats or oat bran--shown to lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol. The Omega-3 fatty acids in our flax seed and farm-fresh eggs do the same!
Really, it's all a matter of balance--balancing LDL and HDL cholesterols, balancing healthy ingredients with flavorful recipes, and balancing nutritious choices with delicious treats.