Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hoff Hit: Cholesterol

Think you're eating healthier because you've replaced red meat with chicken, turkey or fish?

Not so fast.

Chicken and turkey have just as much cholesterol as red meat.  And in some cases, fish (especially shellfish) has more cholesterol than red meat!

A 3-ounce piece of red meat, chicken breast, and tuna all have 80 milligrams of cholesterol.

Studies have shown that when a person replaces red meat for white meat (chicken, fish, etc.), there is no change in their cholesterol levels.

How can this be?

You can't cut away Cholesterol like you can fat, because, you can't see it.  Cholesterol exists within the muscle of the animal, exactly the part that you eat.  And that is why eating leaner animal foods makes no difference.

The only way to truly reduce Cholesterol levels is to reduce or cut-out animal-based foods.

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