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Eating a chicken could raise a person’s “bad cholesterol” to similar levels as eating a steak, contradicting long-thought ideas about health differences between the meats, new research suggests.

Researchers found eating white meat poultry may raise low-density lipoprotein levels in the same way as red meat, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition. That elevation in bad cholesterol after eating chicken can occur with or without consuming any saturated fat.

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