Whey Protein and Cholesterol

by FitnessGuru on May 31, 2008



I never reached really high Cholesterol levels when doing annual blood tests when having my physical. However, the overall Cholesterol levels were slowly edging up and so my doctor recommended I should start taking Zocor (or a generic for Zocor) to keep my Cholesterol under control before it gets into areas where damage is done. Heart disease is around in my family and so I agreed that this would be a good step towards staying healthy. However, one of my questions for my doctor was about Whey Protein.

How much fat and cholesterol are in whey protein? Is it safe for me to take Whey Protein or would I add additional risk to my health?

My Primary Care Physician responded that whey protein isolate usually contains less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving and only 5-10 milligrams of cholesterol. He also pointed out that it is a healthy choice for individuals on a diet trying to reduce the overall intake of Cholesterol and Fat. He also referred me to the American Heart Association for more information. The American Heart Association standards suggest you limit cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day on average.

I looked at Whey Protein Light and it actually does not contain any Cholesterol per serving at all which makes me feel extremely comfortable with this product. If you are diagnosed with high Cholesterol Whey Protein Light might be the ideal choice for you to take some extra Proteins without adding a single milligram of Cholesterol to your diet. 

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