Many people commonly say that switching from red meat to white meat will help lower cholesterol, however usually you will not see any noticeable effect in your cholesterol readings. This is because the cholesterol and fat found in beef, pork and lamb is not that different to what is found in chicken.
Below is the amount of cholesterol and % of calories from fat in 4 oz. or 113g of each type of meat:
- Beef (top round, lean) 103mg Cholesterol, 25% calories from fat
- Pork (tenderloin, lean) 106mg Cholesterol, 26% calories from fat
- Lamb (steak, lean) 73mg Cholesterol, 38% calories from fat
- Chicken (breast, skinless) 97 mg Cholesterol, 23% calories from fat
- Salmon (Chinook) 96 mg Cholesterol, 52% calories from fat
In order to make real differences in your cholesterol you need to eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
Beef, Salmon, Pork, Chicken values from: PCRM, Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease (www.pcrm.org/