BHF: Green tea drinking cuts ‘bad’ cholesterol

Drinking green tea lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol without affecting levels of ‘good’ cholesterol in your blood, researchers have discovered.

High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol are known to raise your risk of developing heart disease, while high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol has a protective effect on your heart.

Victoria Taylor, senior heart health dietitian at the British Heart Foundation said: “This review of previous studies suggests green tea could have a positive effect on reducing our total cholesterol level, as well as the ‘bad’ LDL element. But before we switch our standard brew for green tea we need more information on how practical this advice really is. We need to know how much green tea we’d need to drink to see an effect, and also to make sure there are no long term side effects of this on our overall health.

“In the mean time, it’s worth remembering that drinking green tea won’t cancel out other factors that could be affecting your cholesterol levels. Cutting down on saturated fat which is in dairy products like cheese and whole milk as well as fatty meats, pies, cakes and pastries is still an important part of a heart healthy lifestyle.”

The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.