Lean red meat 'could reduce risk of heart problems'

16 December 2011

Daily consumption of lean beef could help prevent heart problems, it has been found.

Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and carried out by Pennsylvania State University (PSU) scientists found that eating lean red meat could significantly help to lower cholesterol levels - despite the common belief that the meat can cause increased fat in the body.

Study participants experienced a ten per cent decrease in cholesterol levels when consuming between 4.0 and 5.4 ounces of beef every day.

Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition at PSU and the study's lead author, said: "This study shows that nutrient-rich lean beef can be included as part of a heart-healthy diet that improves risk factors for cardiovascular disease."

She added that the research sheds new light on the positive impacts of lean red meat on heart health.

According to WebMD, an online advice service for minor health issues, some red meats are high in saturated fat, which raises blood cholesterol and could heighten the risk of developing heart disease.

Posted by Philip Briggs

Kris-Etherton, Penny, et al., "Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet study: effects on lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, December 14th 2012.

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