White meat has great impact on cholesterol level

Grant Boone
June 8, 2019

In fact, until now, there has been no comprehensive comparison of the effects of red meat, white meat, and plant-based proteins on "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. Moreover, while high SFA juxtaposed to low SFA increased LDL cholesterol, primary outcomes suggest no discernible differences between the effects of red and white meat.

The team also looked at LDL particles of different sizes.

Plant proteins were found to be the healthiest of all for blood cholesterol, and the study concluded that the results support growing recommendations to adopt plant-based diets with high vegetable content as good for health and better for the environment.

"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".

All participants, who abstained from alcohol for the duration of the study, cycled through three test diets: red meat diet, white meat diet and then a no meat diet.

Red meat has always been associated with high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease due to its high levels of saturated fat, says the American Heart Association. A lot of LDL cholesterol from soaked fats can develop in an individual's veins, causing plaque and expanding the danger of heart assault and stroke.

A new study published this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows red and white meats are equally bad for cholesterol, one of the risk factors for heart disease.

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The new research had a few confinements; the meats in the investigation did exclude grass-nourished hamburger or handled items, including bacon or hotdog.

Blood samples were collected at the start and finish of each diet, which found that eating high amounts of saturated fat increased concentrations of large LDL particles. And while small and medium-size LDL is strongly linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, the relationship is weaker for large-size LDL.

A diet consisting of red meat has always been linked to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The long-held belief that eating white meat is less harmful for your heart may still hold true, though. In all, they found that these fluffy LDL particles increased more in the red and white meat diets, compared with the plant-based diets.

The Department of Health advises that no more that 70g cooked weight of red and processed meat should be eaten per day.

"The take home message of this study is eat more plants, eat more plant-based proteins, limit your intake of saturated fats from all sources, and limit your intake of animal proteins, from all sources", Hunnes disclosed to Live Science in an email."All great messages in my book!"

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