Study Debunks That Eating Chicken Is Better Than Beef for Controlling Cholesterol

Henrietta Brewer
June 7, 2019

The study was conducted on 113 adults and each of them were assigned three diets for one month - rich in lean cuts of beef, lean cuts of chicken or turkey or plant protein.

But a new study finds that consuming white meat - specifically poultry - affects blood cholesterol levels in about the same way that red meat does. The study found that plant proteins are the healthiest for blood cholesterol.

Bottom line, experts say a plant-based diet is best for those anxious about their cholesterol. The researchers did not test the effects of a plant-based diet on cholesterol levels but concluded that plant-based protein is favorable to animal-derived meat, both white and red, in relation to heart health.

Researchers at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) in the U.S. state of California recruited more than 100 healthy volunteers for their diet experiment. As long as you're eating leaner cuts, white and red meat can both be parts of a healthy diet; in fact, red meat can even be an important source of vitamins like B12. Either of these factors could have made the comparison more favourable for white meat.

"All we can say from our study is that if you are trying to lower your cholesterol, limiting white poultry meat may be just as effective as limiting red meat", said Krauss. Nonmeat proteins such as vegetables, dairy, and legumes, such as beans, show the best cholesterol benefit, he said. About it reported in a press release on MedicalXpress. "Indeed, other effects of red meat consumption could contribute to heart disease, and these effects should be explored in more detail in an effort to improve health". The hospitals are affiliated with University of California, San Francisco, whose schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing are among the nation's leaders in graduate-level health science education, as well as research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

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