Whey protein can cause ‘significant decrease’ in cholesterol levels

“In a meta-analysis by Wirunsawanya et al., which included trials on overweight and obese patients, whey protein administration improved some cardiovascular disease risk factors such as systolic and diastolic blood pressure, fasting plasma glucose, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels, but did not influence other metabolic parameters.”

Whey is a by-product of making cheese and whey protein is a mix of the proteins found in whey.

As well as being sold as a powder to be added to drinks and foods, it can also be consumed in protein bars.

High-density lipoprotein works to reduce cholesterol levels by absorbing it and carrying it back to the liver.

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