Is Poultry Really Healthier Than Red Meat?

Maricruz Casares
Junio 8, 2019

The finding astonished scientists, who didn't expect that eating a lot of poultry would prompt higher blood cholesterol levels. It has always been assumed that meats such as chicken is better for your cholesterol levels than beef, but the latest research indicates that poultry has an equally bad effect on the health of your heart.

"I was surprised that the effect of white meat on cholesterol levels was identical to the effects of red meat", said Dr Ronald Krauss, study author and director of atherosclerosis research at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. The participants were avoiding the intake of alcohol during the course of study.

In 2015 the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer warned that processed meats such as bacon, sausages and ham can cause cancer. The diet extended over a four week period after which, blood samples were taken from the group and compared with the samples taken at the beginning of the test.

Consuming white meat has the same effect on cholesterol levels as eating red meat, according to research published this week.

According to the American Heart Association, saturated fats naturally occur in foods such as butter, cream, fatty beef, cheese, and poultry with skin. Too much LDL cholesterol from saturated fats can build up in a person's blood vessels, causing plaque and increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

LDL particles are essential for carrying lipids, including cholesterol, around the body in the bloodstream. Eating saturated fats led to an increase in large-size LDL, but again, not the smaller types. It plainly demonstrates that eating plant-based proteins is related with lower dimensions of cholesterol, she said. There may be other effects from eating red meat that contribute to cardiovascular disease, said the University of California, San Francisco researchers.

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The group recognized that their discoveries conflicted with current government dietary rules, which urge individuals to eat poultry as a more beneficial option in contrast to red meat.

The long-held belief that eating white meat is less harmful for your heart may still hold true, though.

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

The study is well executed and rigorous, Hunnes said. "So the result can be viewed as indicating either a cholesterol raising effect of both meats, or a cholesterol lowering effect of plant foods, or both". All subjects were divided into groups based on the level of consumption of saturated fat. "All great messages in my book!" It should be noted that fish were not included in this assessment.

But a small new study calls that into question.

The examination was distributed online Tuesday (June 4) in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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