White meat’s cholesterol risk
Eating white meat may raise your cholesterol levels as much as eating red meat, reportsNBCNews.com. Scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute recruited 113 adults, ages 21 to 65, to eat three rotating month-long diets: one centered on lean cuts of beef, the second on lean cuts of chicken, and the third on plant proteins. Half the participants’ diets—irrespective of their main protein source—were high in saturated fats, found in foods such as butter and cheese, while half were low. At the end of each month, researchers measured the participants’ levels of LDL cholesterol, the so-called bad cholesterol that clogs arteries. They found that white meat raised LDL levels just as much as red meat, even when saturated fat levels were equal. Only the plant-based diets produced healthy cholesterol levels. Study author Ronald Krauss cautions that his research does not rule out the possibility that “other effects of red meat consumption could contribute to heart disease.” Further research is needed, he said.