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Lean Beef May Be Okay for Individuals on Low Cholesterol Diets

As many consumers attempt to get their cholesterol levels under control, they are forced to change their diets. Traditionally, people have refrained from consuming beef and pork in favor of diets rich in fruits and vegetables. While it is good to see people taking their diets more seriously, their new lifestyles may not be necessary.

Red Meat and Low Cholesterol Diet

How Healthy Is Red Meat?

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming some red meat may be fine. According to Elizabeth Jackson, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan, this is study was very well constructed. Jackson herself didn’t participate in the study, but she said the data was well-organized and extremely well run. Although the study revolved around a small sample size, Jackson said that the results appear more reliable than much larger studies that have been conducted in the past.

The study was run by Penny Kris-Etherton, a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. Kris-Etherton and her team followed 36 men and women with high cholesterol. The participants tried one of four different diets for five weeks. The subjects were monitored carefully for changes in their cholesterol levels.

All four diets contained the same number of calories. Two of the diets contained between 4 and 5.5 ounces of lean beef each day. Another diet was made up purely of vegetables while another contained some oils and saturated fats. The researchers made sure the participants stuck to their regime by making sure they ate one meal at the university’s Metabolic Diet Study Center five days a week and provided another meal to take home.

The study found that the mean LDL cholesterol for the entire group was 139 mg/dL, while the mean HDL was 52 mg/DL. The LDL was slightly higher than the desired guidelines set by the National Institute of Health, while the HDL was within reasonable limits.

The Lean Beef Diet and Cholesterol?

However, both the average HDL and LDL levels for the group were increased by the study participants that consumed a diet rich in oils and saturated fats. The all vegetable diet and the diets containing lean beefs lowered the average for both groups.

Although the study provides important information for the public, researchers want consumers to understand the emphasis on controlling their diet in moderation.

[box type=”important”]Joan Salge Blake, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics said that consumers should not get carried away with eating meat if they are serious about getting their cholesterol levels under control.[/box]

Kalen Smith is a professional Internet marketer, consumer researcher and writer. He has been a writer for Weight Loss Triumph and is the cofounder of the blog Great Paleo Diet Cookbooks, where he writes about the paleo diet and lifestyle.

1 Comment

  1. LauLau81

    January 6, 2012 at 4:01 am

    This is really delicious healthy tips. Thank’s for the great idea’s.

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