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Is white meat just as bad as red meat for cholesterol? A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition thinks so.
Contrary to popular belief, skipping the steak for a chicken breast might be having the same impact on your blood cholesterol levels.
The research found that eating large amounts of meat, regardless of whether it was red or white, increased levels of low-density lipoproteins (the ‘bad cholesterol to you and me) in the blood, when compared to plant-based proteins.
The study included a group of healthy men and women aged between 21 and 65. The volunteers were then split into groups and allocated either red meat, white meat, or non-meat protein diets for one month. You probably won’t be surprised to read that the study suggested plant-based proteins, such as beans and legumes, were the healthiest choice for monitoring blood cholesterol levels.
Whereas, more surprisingly, both red and white meat came out as equally as ‘bad’ when it came to increasing LDL levels in the blood.
Veggies, rejoice! Meat lovers, we’re sorry.
So, what does this mean?
Do you have to totally ditch the chicken breast in favour of plant-based protein?
Maybe not. However, there is no harm in being more aware of your meat intake, whether red or white and opting for more plant-based choices. Check out some of our favourite plant-based proteins here if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration.