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Cholesterol: What's diet got to do with it?
Cholesterol in the foods you eat generally has little effect on levels in your bloodstream. But your overall diet does.
Cholesterol has a bad reputation, thanks to its well-known role in promoting heart disease. Excess cholesterol in the bloodstream is a key contributor to artery-clogging plaque, which can accumulate and set the stage for a heart attack. But if you're like many people, you might not understand cholesterol's other key functions—or the connection between the cholesterol you eat and that in your bloodstream.
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