White Meats May Boost Cholesterol as Much as Red Meat
In a study, 113 healthy adults cycled through three different diets, in random order, for four weeks each: a red meat diet, a white (poultry) meat diet, and a vegetarian diet. The participants were randomly selected to eat either a high or low saturated fat version of each diet. The former caused the biggest spike in cholesterol—not surprising. But researchers found no difference between the red and white meat diets; both similarly raised LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease when elevated. The study was neither large enough nor long enough to make firm diet recommendations, but it strengthens the case for eating meat-free meals more often.
Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 4, 2019