Low density lipoprotein

Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) is cholesterol packaged in a protein and phospholipid coat. Cholesterol is insoluble, so it must be encased in this coat to facilitate transport in the blood. LDL is the major cholesterol carrier in the blood. It circulates throughout the body and is available to all cells.

During the transportation, the ratio of triglyceride to cholesterol and protein changes, causing change in density and weight since triglyceride is lighter than cholesterol. This is reflected in the name such as low-density lipoprotein or LDL(rich in triglyceride) and high density lipoprotein or HDL (less triglyceride and higher percentage of cholesterol and protein).

High levels of LDLs is in the bloodstream are associated with clogged arteries high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.

This is why LDL is sometimes referred to as “bad cholesterol.” Fortunately, many people can reduce their LDL levels through proper diet.

Diets high in saturated fat trans-fat, and cholesterol increase LDL. Saturated fats are primarily from animal sources. Coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil are also saturated fats.
Low density lipoprotein

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