Is sheep's yoghurt good for lowering cholesterol?

Is sheep's yoghurt good for lowering cholesterol, although I think it has a moderate fat content, mainly monounsaturated and polyunsatured fats.

12 July 2011

If you are comparing Greek yogurt made from either cow's milk or sheep's milk, then the sheep's milk yogurt is a better choice if you need to watch your cholesterol. It contains only 6g of saturated fat (the type of fat that can increase bad levels of cholesterol in the blood) per 100g compared with 10g in cow's milk yogurt. In actual fact, sheep's milk yogurt is very low in both monounsaturates and polyunsaturates, so it won't have any beneficial effects on cholesterol levels in the way healthy oils and foods such as nuts and avocados can. However, it's worth pointing out that low fat yogurts made from either cow's or sheep's milk do have a thinner consistency and less creamy texture, which is not to everyone's taste.

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