Is chicken just as bad as beef?

Posted at 8:21 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 09:21:31-04

Think you’re doing your body a favor by eating chicken breast instead of steak? Think again.

Eating white meat is just as bad for you as eating red beef, at least when it comes to your cholesterol levels, a new study says. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco tested the long-held belief that the generally high saturated fat content of red meat raises LDL (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) levels in the bloodstream.

Elevated cholesterol levels increase chances of a stroke or heart attack. What researchers found was there was no difference in the cholesterol levels of study participants after they consumed diets of red and white meat for four weeks each. Still, the researchers say eating white meat may still be better for your heart because there may be other effects from eating red meat that contributes to cardiovascular disease.