Horse meat can be best bet in cholesterol fight

Regular consumption of horse meatcan lower cholesterol and boost blood iron levels, a new study has claimed, amid a row around the globe over contamination of meat products. 

Researchers from the University of Milan found horse meat was very high in iron, with one 150g portion providing up to a half of the daily recommended intake, and very low in saturated fats, associated with high cholesterol. 

Horse has some of the health-boosting qualities that have been associated with fish, and it has up to 40% fewer calories and more protein than other meats, scientists said. In the study, men aged 20 to 50 ate two 175g portions of horse meat a week for three months. A second group ate other meat, but avoided horse. 

Blood samples were taken from all the men for testing at the start of the trial and after 45 and 90 days. Results showed horsemeat consumption significantly reduced levels of total and bad cholesterol . The former dropped by 6%, and bad cholesterol by 9%. 

"Horsemeat is an important source of omega 3 and iron and, compared to other meats, is very low in saturated fatty acids but rich inpolyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) like fish and other seafood," said the researchers.

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