White meat such as chicken as bad for cholesterol levels as red meat, a study claims – The Sun

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White meat such as chicken as bad for cholesterol levels as red meat, a study claims – The Sun



WHITE meat such as chicken is as bad for cholesterol levels as red meat, a study claims. Both equally raise heart disease risks, it says.
The researchers also claim a vegetarian diet is more advisable for lowering blood cholesterol than previously thought.
2 Chicken is thought to be as bad for cholesterol as eating red meatCredit: Alamy
Red meat is increasingly frowned upon over concerns about its links to increased heart disease.
Poultry has been encouraged as a healthier alternative.
But analysis of levels of LDL cholesterol — the so-called bad cholesterol — in volunteers put on beef, poultry or veg-based diets has cast doubt on that, it has been reported in the US.
Senior scientist and lead author of the study Ronald Krauss MD said: “When we planned this study, we expected red meat to have a more adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels than white meat.
“But we were surprised that this was not the case, their effects on cholesterol are ­identical when saturated fat levels are equivalent.”
He stressed that non-meat proteins such as veg, dairy, beans and other legumes show the best cholesterol benefit.
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Up until now, there has been no comparison of the effects of red meat, white meat and non-meat proteins on blood cholesterol, according to Dr Krauss.
The research at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
2 The result shows that a vegetarian diet is more advisable for lowering blood cholesterol levelsCredit: Getty – Contributor
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