Consuming white meat has the same effect on cholesterol levels as eating red meat, according to a new research.
The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that red meat’s effects on cholesterol are just the same as white meat products like chicken and turkey when compared with people who get their protein elsewhere, like from vegetables. The participants in the study who got their proteins mainly from plants had the healthiest cholesterol. However there are other aspects to consider too related to the red meat. Previous studies have revealed that red meat eaters have higher levels of a chemical called TMAO in their blood, which is linked to a higher risk of heart disease than vegetarians or people who only eat white meat.
The American Heart Association says people should get just 5 to 6 percent of their calories from saturated fats and advises people to replace foods high in saturated fat with healthier options to lower blood cholesterol levels. “If you have problems with cholesterol or if you have a family history of cholesterol or heart disease, then it is best to consume less of both red and white meats and instead substitute “beans, lentils, higher protein grains like quinoa, and soy-based products like tofu and tempeh,” a conclusion was.