I got to Virginia Tech and my roommate and I are both in the fitness and nutrition major here. He's a senior this year and is taking a class that uses the students for mini case studies.
Evidentially they (the students) were told to consume their normal diet, but include plant sterols in their diet to reduce cholesterol. They also were told to stop drinking alcohol.
Given that no college student will stop drinking for a class, the results showed that they altered their cholesterol quite a bit. The total cholesterol went up slightly, but the LDL lowered and the HDL shot up.
Of course I dont have the exact numbers and this isnt a controlled study, but it surprised me.
Is my roommate right in explaining that alcohol has been known to increase HDL?
My biggest question is, is something like this worth it in adding more alcohol to my diet (not much of a drinker, read on here that it cuts T levels in half).
How do the overall risks/benefits weigh out, assuming my short term goal is to bulk, but my long term is to live a little longer?
Thanks in advance.