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You may be surprised to learn that cholesterol is not as “bad” as may be thought. In fact, it is just one of the substances produced by the liver for the healthy functioning of the body. Cholesterol is found in foods from animal sources. However, your body produces much more cholesterol when you eat a diet high in harmful trans fats. You can learn more about the functions of cholesterol in the body and the relationship between high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease in the articles below.