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Eating chicken and other white meats may be just as bad for your heart as a diet rich in red meats such as beef, lamb and pork, according to new research.
Red meat has become a demonized ingredient in recent years, after a landmark study in 2012 found its high saturated fat content increases the risk of early death.
International - Agency - Research - Cancer - Meat
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer listed red meat in Group 2A: a probable carcinogen.
White meat has been held up as the healthier, leaner alternative - fueling the uptick in consumption of poultry, as sales of burgers and chops dwindle.
Study - Question
But a small new study calls that into question.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found both white and red meat drive up levels of 'bad' cholesterol in the blood in equal measures, raising the risk of heart disease.
Effect - Diet - Levels - Fat - Findings
The effect was observed whether or not the diet contained high levels of saturated fat, according to the findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Saturated fats, found in foods including butter, cheese and cream, increased blood cholesterol to the same extent with all three protein sources.
Study - Author - Professor - Ronald - Krauss
Study senior author Professor Ronald Krauss said: '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.'
Professor Krauss, a senior scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), California, said the meats studied did not include grass-fed beef or processed products such as bacon or sausage, or fish.
Results - Meat - Blood - Cholesterol - Levels
But he said the results were notable as they indicated that restricting meat altogether, whether red or white, is more advisable for lowering blood cholesterol levels than...
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