Hey MuscleTech – What’s with the Cholesterol in Whey? Isn’t that Unhealthy?

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Whey protein naturally contains cholesterol, and while levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood, which have been linked to heart disease, are a health concern; modern science has shown that eating cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs or whey protein1 is not a primary driver of cholesterol and heart disease – and it may be your genetic makeup, elevated blood sugar and physical activity levels2 that are the primary driving force behind elevated LDL cholesterol levels. 

Moreover, the consensus among nutrition scientists is that it’s the saturated fat and more so the trans fat3 in your diet that plays the primary role in damaging blood vessels as opposed dietary cholesterol in clean foods like whey, eggs, shrimp, and lobster. For overall heart health, we suggest maintaining a healthy weight by consuming a well-balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity, and not worry about consuming “whey” too much cholesterol from your protein. 

1 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20377924/
2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2486506/
3 https://www.bmj.com/content/351/BMJ.H3978