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Study: Cholesterol gets Controllable even with Lean Beef in your Diet

According to the new study revealed by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that people using a diet centered on fruits and vegetables to lower their cholesterol can introduce lean beef to get similar results over their weight.

This finding is similar to those of past research that found red meat may be fine in moderation. This new study was actually monitored to a small and uncommonly well controlled participant diets.  According to Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan Health Systems, who was not involved in the study, said that it wasn’t that all different from what people had already talked about it.  She further added that it was a very well done job which is actually a bit difficulty in nutrition science to have. And also, acknowledged the data that was being collected from such a vast number of patients.

Penny Kris-Etherton, a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, and her colleagues closely monitored the men and women between late 2007 and early 2009. This new research was followed on these 36 people who had high cholesterol diet and ate four different diets for five weeks each.

During the different stage of this study that  four eating patterns followed by the participants it was found that the “healthy American diet” allowed for more oils, saturated fat and refined grains compared to the “DASH” diet based on fruits and vegetables, and two other diets that each included lean cuts of beef. Ultimately, it was seen that all diets had approximately the same number of calories.

Participants in the study ate one meal a day at Penn State’s Metabolic Diet Study Center between Monday and Friday as to make sure that each person stuck to the regimens. The remaining meals were also prepared by the Center but were given packed to the participants so that they can have it later in the day.

At the outset, the mean LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol for the group was 139 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and mean total cholesterol was 211 mg/dL. Those are considered borderline-high numbers according to the National Institutes of Health’s standards. The group’s mean HDL, or “good,” cholesterol was 52 mg/dL, which is about the recommended amount. Compared to the healthy American diet, which slightly raised cholesterol, the vegetable- and fruit-based DASH diet and the diets including lean beef lowered LDL and total cholesterol to a mean of 129 and 200 mg/dL, respectively.

Thus with the rise in saturated fats of HDL researchers’ explains that the diet slightly lowered the group’s mean levels of “good” cholesterol. The lean beef diets were lower in saturated fat than an average American diet, which contains more full-fat cheese and butter. The beef diets included between 4 and 5.5 ounces a day of lean meats, primarily in the form of top round, chuck shoulder pot roast and 95-percent-lean ground beef. Meats were grilled, braised, or in the case of ground beef, fried. The study was jointly funded by Penn State and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

While talking with Reuter’s health Mr. Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson said that it is important to make sure a person watches their entire diet. Further adding that public should understand that it is not going to go hog-wild with beef in the diet and so one should make sure that the portion of beef stays lean and small and its remains the part of heart-healthy diet.