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·         Study: White meat just as bad for your cholesterol as red meat

·         Is red meat ruining your heart? Here's what one study is saying

·         Bad news, meat lovers — both red and white meat could be bad for your cholesterol



Study: White meat just as bad for your cholesterol as red meat


WLS-TV Chicago/ABC 7

June 4, 2019


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eating red and white meats are equally bad for your cholesterol, according to scientists.


A new study from the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute assigned participants to eat a diet rich in lean cuts of beef, lean cuts of chicken or turkey, or plant proteins, for one month each.


The study found that LDL cholesterol levels were higher on both meat diets, compared to the plant protein diet.


This surprised researchers because government dietary guidelines have encouraged poultry as a healthier alternative to red meat.


Scientists in this study concluded that cutting back on white meat, in addition to red meat, is recommended...





Is red meat ruining your heart? Here's what one study is saying


By Ivanhoe

via KPRC/ (TX) - June 04, 2019


ORLANDO, Fla. - Limiting red meat in your diet isn’t just about controlling fat and cholesterol. One researcher has found a way to measure your risk for heart disease, and how your diet plays a huge role.


According to a recent Cleveland Clinic study, if steaks and burgers are a regular part of your diet, you might be putting yourself at serious risk for heart disease. 


Stanley Hazen, MD, Ph.D., cardiovascular medicine, Cleveland Clinic said, “How does this impact the development of a compound called TMAO, which stands for trimethylamine n-oxide, it’s made by gut microbes and known to contribute to the development of heart disease and what we found is that individuals who eat a diet that’s rich in red meat, have a significant elevation in their TMAO level.”


Researchers studied 113 adults who got their protein from red meat, white meat or vegetable-based protein and found that TMAO levels tripled in the red meat eaters. Participants’ kidneys were also affected.


“What we saw is that TMAO was less efficiently excreted or gotten rid of by the kidneys on a red meat diet. And had improved elimination or excretion on the white meat or the plant-based diet,” Hazen continued.


The good news? TMAO levels return to normal two to three weeks after cutting red meat out of your diet...





Bad news, meat lovers — both red and white meat could be bad for your cholesterol

Eating lots of chicken raised blood cholesterol levels as much as beef did in a new study


By Nicole Lyn Pesce, MarketWatch 

June 4, 2019


This health news might ruffle some feathers.


Consuming high quantities of white meat like chicken could raise your cholesterol just as much as eating red meat like beef, according to a study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Researchers enlisted 113 healthy men and women ages 21 to 65 years old, who rotated four-week periods eating mostly red meat, white meat or plant protein diets, separated by two-week intervals where they returned to their normal diets before shifting to the next protein. They were also split into two groups; one that ate high-saturated fat, and one that ate low-saturated fat, to test the effect of saturated fatty acids on cardiovascular health.


During the red-meat month, subjects ate corn-fed beef (the most commonly eaten beef in the U.S.) and pork. The white-meat month centered around chicken and turkey. And the plant-based month featured legumes, nuts, wheat and soy products. The subjects picked up their food from the lab, so that their entrees, side dishes, snacks and drinks were standardized. Participants also abstained from alcohol, vitamins and processed meats (to prevent the chemical additives from skewing the results) for the duration of the study. Subjects gave blood samples at the beginning and end of each four-week diet, and were also regularly weighed and counseled about sticking to their meal plans.


At the conclusion of the study, the commonly-held belief that swapping chicken for beef always works to control cholesterol was put out to pasture.


“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,” wrote the study’s senior author, Dr. Ronald Krauss at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.    


What’s more, the results were similar whether the red meat or poultry was high or low in saturated fat, although the diets high in saturated fat in particular saw an increase in LDL (aka “bad”) cholesterol linked to cardiovascular disease.


The 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...