Vegetarians Have Better Cholesterol Levels, and More, Than Meat-Eaters
Vegetarians have more favorable levels of a number of biomarkers including cardiovascular-linked ones — total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and apolipoprotein A and B — than meat-eaters, shows the largest study of its kind to date. Results of the cross-sectional, observational study of 178,000 participants were presented as an electronic poster at this year's online European Congress on Obesity (ECO), by Jirapitcha Boonpor of the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK.
@ashma Health is complex and individual markers tell you just part of the story. Vegetarian diet can be nourishing but cautioned that "just because someone excludes meat from their diet does not mean necessarily that they will be eating a healthy diet. Some of the biomarker differences seen in this work — such as the lower concentrations of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, GGT [gamma-glutamyl transferase], and ALT [alanine transaminase] — are indicators that the vegetarians were healthier than the meat-eaters. However, other differences were less encouraging, including the lower concentrations of vitamin D and higher concentrations of triglycerides and cystatin-C