HIGH cholesterol is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood. More specifically, it implies you have too much of the harmful type in your blood. LDL cholesterol aka the “bad” cholesterol, sticks to your artery walls, blocking the passageway to your vital organs, such as the heart. The “good” type, also known as HDL cholesterol, counteracts this harmful process by picking up LDL cholesterol and transporting it to your liver where it is flushed out.
The results of the study showed that LDL cholesterol did not differ significantly between the two types of milk.
However, whole milk was shown to increase the level of HDL cholesterol which reflects a healthier effect on cholesterol levels.
Other dietary tips to lower cholesterol
You should cut down on fatty food, especially food that contains a type of fat called saturated fat, advises the NHS.
Foods high in saturated fats include:
- Meat pies, sausages and fatty meat
- Butter, lard and ghee
- Cream and hard cheese, like cheddar
- Cakes and biscuits
- Food that contains coconut oil or palm oil
A study published in BMC Medicine found people with greater adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet had six to 16 percent lower risk of future cardiovascular disease compared to individuals who had poor adherence.
Responding to the research, British Heart Foundation dietitian Tracy Parker, said: “This large study adds to the significant body of evidence showing that eating a Mediterranean-style diet can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
“For those wanting to follow a Mediterranean diet, the Government’s healthy eating advice set out in its ‘Eatwell Guide’ is similar and shows how much you should eat of each food group to have a healthy balanced diet.
“This includes eating plenty of starchy foods, such as bread and pasta, plenty of fruit and vegetables, eating some fish, less meat, and choosing products made from vegetable and plant oils, such as olive oil.”