Like lean beef? A new study shows that adding it to your healthy diet doesn’t affect your risk of developing heart conditions or even diabetes.
Lean Beef Doesn’t Adversely Affect Heart Or Lead To Conditions Like Diabetes
Are you a fan of lean beef? How about eating healthy and reducing your risk of developing chronic conditions that can be life-changing? If so, then you’re in luck because new study shows that the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes were similar when participants and patients followed a healthy eating pattern with and without an additional 5.3 ounces of lean beef.
Completed by Dr. Kevin Maki and his team at Midwest Biomedical Research, the findings of this new study have recently been published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Per the study, the added lean beef only replaced carbohydrates, which are primarily refined starches. Furthermore, each of the participants also suffered from type 2 diabetes and followed a dietary pattern that had been initially outlined by the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Additionally, there was a similar diet that was modified to include lean beef and was given to participants in a random order.
“Most indicators of metabolic and cardiovascular health, such as insulin sensitivity and LDL cholesterol, did not differ between the two diets. The only significant difference observed was a shift toward a greater percentage of cholesterol carried in larger, more buoyant LDL particles during the higher beef condition. This difference is potentially important because larger, more buoyant LDL particles may be less likely to promote atherosclerosis,” Dr. Maki, the sudy director and an adjunct professor in applied health science at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, said.
Per the researchers, this study is important because it shows that a healthy eating pattern doesn’t necessarily have to exclude red meat all the time. However, the researchers do not encourage people to increase red meat consumption.
“Our study showed that increasing intake of lean beef, as a replacement for refined starches in a healthy diet, did not worsen cardiometabolic risk factors,” the researchers said.