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Does Whey Protein increase Cholesterol?

Whey protein is a convenient alternative to whole foods. Whey is the byproduct that is created during the process of making cheese. It is popular for dietary supplementation. It is also a great protein supplement for those who are vegetarians.

Preliminary research suggests that whey protein may lower cholesterol. However you should still have whey protein in moderation as a part of balanced diet. Some whey supplements contain small amount of cholesterol, so they contribute to your cholesterol consumption and count toward your daily intake limit.

There are different types of whey product in the market such as whey isolate, concentrate and hydosylate. The whey protein isolate is fat free and lactose free. Whey protein isolate is the purest form of whey protein. Protein concentrate does contain low levels of cholesterol and is less expensive than isolate. Whey protein hydrolysate contains less allergen than concentrate and isolate. This makes it much easier to broken down by the body.

Whey Protein Basics

Milk contains two major groups of proteins, casein and whey. Whey proteins are quickly digested by your body as compared to casein which results in a rapid increase of amino acids in the bloodstream. According to the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition in 2007, casein as compared to whey causes a moderate but long lasting increase in amino acids. Whey is a better source of BCAA which provides energy for muscles. It may also help reduce exercise damage after exercise.

Cholesterol in Whey Supplements

The amount of cholesterol you will get from whey protein powders differs from brand to brand.

So read the label carefully and limit cholesterol to no more than 300 milligrams. Cut back on high cholesterol foods, so that you don’t consume more than recommended amount. Whey protein contains a high amount of saturated fat that can increase your cholesterol count.

Try to replace your trans fatty acids and saturated fats with healthier fats (such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) which helps in lowering your LDL cholesterol when eaten as a part of diet. Sources of monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fat include nuts, seeds, fish and vegetable oil.  Limiting your cholesterol intake may help lower your risk. Reduce the intake of meat, healthy alternative include beans and eating vegetables as a substitute for consuming protein from animals.

Whey protein powder is an excellent supplement that can be used to increase your daily protein intake. You do not need to be an athlete just to take protein powder normal persons can also consumes whey.

Whey protein contains cholesterol which many people overlook on the label. Over the course of a day all the cholesterol adds up and may affect your long term risk of heart disease or other health issues. 

 

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