High cholesterol is when you have a fatty substance called blood cholesterol. More specifically, it implies that you have a lot of the harmful type in your blood. LDL cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol, adheres to artery walls, blocking the passage to vital organs, such as the heart. The “good” type, also known as HDL cholesterol, neutralizes this harmful process by collecting LDL cholesterol and transporting it to the liver, where it is released.
The study results showed that LDL cholesterol did not differ significantly between the two types of milk.
However, whole milk has been 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 foods, especially those that contain 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 cheese and hard cheese, like cheddar
- Cakes and cookies
- Foods containing coconut oil or palm oil
A study published in BMC Medicine found that people with greater adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet had a six to 16 percent lower risk of future cardiovascular disease compared to individuals who had low adherence.
In response to the research, British Heart Foundation nutritionist Tracy Parker said: “This large study contributes to the significant body of evidence showing that eating a Mediterranean-style diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
“For those who wish to follow a Mediterranean diet, the government’s healthy eating advice set out in their ‘Eatwell Guide’ is similar and shows how much you should eat from each food group to have a healthy and balanced diet.
“This includes eating a lot of starchy foods, like bread and pasta, lots of fruits and vegetables, eating fish, less meat and choosing products made from vegetable and vegetable oils, like olive oil.”