Whilst processed and red meats are proven to be the most harmful to human health, studies have shown that even white meats are not as healthy for the human body as a plant based diet.
Dr Neal Barnard, president and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, states that "Chicken and fish diets are not low enough in fat or cholesterol to do what vegetarian diets can… The leanest beef is about 28 per cent fat as a percentage of calories. The leanest chicken is not much different, at about 23 per cent fat.
Fish vary but all have cholesterol and more fat than is found in typical beans, vegetables, grains, and fruits, virtually all of which are well under 10 per cent fat.
So, while white-meat diets lower cholesterol levels by only about five per cent, meatless diets have three to four times more cholesterol-lowering power, allowing the arteries to the heart to reopen.”