Mom says she was kicked out of public pool for breastfeeding

KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) -- A Texas mother says she was forced to leave a public pool for breastfeeding her baby.

Misty Daugereaux went to the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center in Texas City, about 40 miles southeast of Houston, with her two young sons and her nephew on Sunday. Her 10-month-old got hungry and became fussy, so she attempted to discreetly breastfeed him, she said.

But a lifeguard approached her and said she couldn't breastfeed at the public pool. Then the pool manager told her it was against their policy and she needed to "cover up or leave."

"She gave me the ultimatum," Daugereaux told Houston ABC station KTRK-TV in an interview Monday. "And I said, 'Well, you show me in your policy where I need to cover up and I'll leave.' And she, you know, was telling me that it was, you know, not right, that I needed to cover up, it's their policy."

"And I said, 'Well, you can go call whoever you need to call, but I'm not leaving for breastfeeding my son,'" she said.

The pool manager called police, Daugereaux said, and an officer responded to the scene and made her leave.

"I walked out feeling defeated, you know, because I couldn't stand my ground," she told KTRK.

The Texas City Police Department on Monday released footage from that officer's body camera, showing the events that unfolded after he arrived.

In the five-minute video, the pool manager greets the officer and tells him that Daugereaux "was getting outraged" and "cussing" at the lifeguard who told her to cover up.

The officer then walks over to Daugereaux, who is sitting by the pool with her children, and asks her, "What happened?"

"I was feeding my baby," Daugereaux responds.

"Did you cuss that lifeguard?" the officer asks.

"Absolutely not," Daugereaux says.

"I have a right to feed my baby," she adds. "I don't stand for a lot, but I will stand for that."

She continues, "I'm conscious enough to know I don't want every man in the pool looking at my boobs. But when you have a 10-month-old who doesn't take a bottle, I'm going to feed him."

In the body cam footage, the officer then walks back over to the pool manager, who is standing with the lifeguard, to discuss the situation further.

"No, she don't got to leave," the manager says. "But the baby was latching on one breast but she had both of them out."

"She was cussing me out," the lifeguard adds.

"You want her to leave?" the manager asks.

"I'd like her to leave," the lifeguard responds. "We also had more than one complaint."

"You want them to leave or what?" the officer asks.

"Yeah, she can leave," the manager says.

The officer then walks over to Daugereaux and tells her she needs to pack up her things and leave.

"I don't understand how it's right," Daugereaux says. "It isn't fair that I can't feed my baby."

"That wasn't the issue," the officer says. "The issue was that you were cussing out a lifeguard."

"So it's her word against mine that I'm cussing out a lifeguard?" Daugereaux responds.

"I wasn't here so I don't know," the officer says. "I'm just telling you that they're asking that you leave, OK?"

"Yes, sir," Daugereaux says, before gathering her things.

The officer then speaks with the pool manager once more before leaving.

"I appreciate you coming out here," the manager says. "You know, we deal with a lot here."

"I know you got to feed your kids but go sit under a blanket or something," the officer says.

"I thought you're supposed to cover up," the manager says. "I know people breastfeed and stuff but--"

"That's all fine and dandy, but just sit in a chair and cover up," the officer says. "Don't sit there with both your tits out."

"Yeah, she did," the manager says.

"OK, well have a good one," the officer says.

That evening, Daugereaux posted about the incident on Facebook, saying she felt "hurt" and "embarrassed." Her post, which has been shared more than 1,800 times, prompted a group of breastfeeding moms to gather outside the Nessler Park Family Aquatic Center on Monday and hold a "nurse-in" as a show of support.

"I feel powerful, loved and supported," Daugereaux told KTRK. "More than I ever could have imagined."

Texas City officials released a statement Monday saying they are "reviewing the nursing concerns raised at the Nessler Pool and how it was addressed by our staff."

"We apologize to Misty Daugereaux as it is clear she was offended by how she was treated at out City Facility," city officials said. "City policies and procedures will be reviewed and revised as deemed necessary. Any deficiencies regarding our employee's actions will be addressed with further training."

Mothers can legally breastfeed in any public or private location in every U.S. state, federal district and territory. Thirty states -- not including Texas -- as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Turning their mess into a message: Robin Roberts, Sheryl Sandberg on trauma and loss 

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Success and fame do not make you invincible.

Trauma and loss don't care how perfect your life looks from the outside, and reclaiming your life is a challenge for everyone. But a journey of deep introspection and healing can get you there.

That's the message in this week's episode of "Life After Suicide," as Dr. Jennifer Ashton sat down with two of the most successful and powerful women in America, ABC News' Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, both of whom have found the grit to get through unimaginable pain. They shared the knowledge and resilience born out of two forms of loss, while warning that there is no magic bullet.

"Everybody's got something" according to Roberts. "There's no handbook that's given to us to tell us how to get through a suicide, how to get through a bone marrow transplant, how to get through divorce, how to get through unemployment ... You just try and figure out what's best for you."

Sandberg famously urged women to "lean in." After the sudden loss of her husband, Dave Sandberg, while on vacation at the age of 47, Sandberg learned that she had to lean on others for support and to acknowledge that grief is a necessary step in healing.

Visiting Sandberg's office in Menlo Park, California, Dr. Ashton and Sandberg talked about their shared experience of suddenly losing their spouses and the fathers of their children.

As public figures, both initially felt hesitant about sharing their story with the public. Dr. Ashton, who reaches millions each week as the chief medical correspondent for ABC News, was rocked when her ex-husband died by suicide. She says that her kids gave her the courage to use her public platform to discuss her family's story. Connecting with other suicide survivors helped reframe her deep grief as an expression of love, rather than of suffering, and to recognize that it's normal for the devastation not to reach all aspects of life. Joy, she said, can happen at the same time as grief.

Sandberg, who co-authored a book, Option B, about facing adversity and building resilience, agreed that "after these tragedies you have to give yourself moments of joy."

For Roberts, who also sat down with Dr. Ashton on this week's episode, turning her "mess" into her "message" has been her focus in recent years. Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and then, after her recovery, was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome in 2012. Both were potentially fatal. Fortunate to find a perfect bone marrow transplant match in her older sister, Roberts shared the ways in which she rechanneled her anger into action.

"I didn't want just to survive," Roberts said, "I wanted to thrive."

For Roberts, that meant recognizing the therapeutic qualities of sharing her vulnerabilities, and embracing the support and prayers of others. Roberts and Dr. Ashton both recalled how small acts of kindness from friends, family, and colleagues allowed them to reclaim a sense of normalcy and feel comfortable discussing their loss.

"When people go through a trauma, we all instantly have a connection," Roberts said.

Being part of millions of Americans' morning routine on Good Morning America, Roberts explained that "I want to always feel I'm a reflection for people." By sharing our "valleys as well as our peaks," Roberts hopes she inspires viewers to recognize their own resilience.

Now strong and healthy, Roberts says, "I don't feel there's anything I cannot weather. ... I have this inner strength I didn't know existed. ... It's just freeing to feel that way."

The newest episode of "Life After Suicide" is available for free here.

You are not alone. If you want to talk to someone, trained counselors are available for free, 24 hours a day, at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

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Missouri's only abortion clinic allowed to keep operating

iStock/LPETTET(ST. LOUIS) -- A circuit court judge on Monday granted a preliminary injunction that will allow Missouri's only remaining abortion clinic to continue operations.

The court has ordered the state's health department to make a decision about renewing the clinic's license by June 21, according to Planned Parenthood.

"Today’s decision is a clear victory for our patients — and for people across Missouri — but the threat to safe, legal abortion in the state of Missouri and beyond is far from over. We’ve seen just how closely anti-health politicians came to ending abortion care for an entire state," president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, said in a statement. "We are in a state of emergency for women’s health in America. In Missouri, and across the country, Planned Parenthood will do whatever it takes to combat the extreme, dangerous, and unconstitutional efforts by politicians to ban access to health care including safe, legal abortion. We will never stop fighting for our patients."

Planned Parenthood was initially granted a request for a temporary restraining order on May 31, the day that the clinic's license would have lapsed, forcing it to close at midnight and making Missouri the first state in the U.S. without an abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood said it had applied to have the license renewed, but the Associated Press reported that Planned Parenthood said state officials claimed they are investigating "a large number of possible deficiencies," though no further details were given.

The state had asked to interview all seven of the clinic's physicians, Planned Parenthood said last month, but the state would not provide any guidance on what the doctors would be asked during the interviews. Those interviews could lead to the doctors losing their medical licenses or possible criminal prosecution, Planned Parenthood said.

Missouri is one of several states that have passed abortion bans in recent months. In May, Gov. Parsons signed an abortion ban after 8 weeks of pregnancy, though it has not yet taken effect, and was met with immediate legal challenges.

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Parents may be the secret weapon in the battle against childhood obesity: Study

iStock/Dmitriy Protsenko(NEW YORK) --   About 14 million children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese.

Being overweight as a child is associated with obesity as an adult. What is even more concerning is that since 1970s, rates of childhood obesity have tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Overweight or obese children are at a higher risk of developing medical problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep disorders like sleep apnea, according to the CDC.

But what strategies can parents use to help their children maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center recently tested a new program known as DRIVE (Developing Relationships that Include Values of Eating and Exercise), which emphasizes parental involvement in reducing child obesity. Their results were published in the June 2019 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

“Parents being a source of change was the factor that made this program work,” said Dr. John Apolzan an assistant professor of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and one of the authors of the new study.

Researchers took 16 families with children ages 2 to 6 years old, and randomly assigned them to one of two treatment groups: a health education group, or the DRIVE group, which had a more rigorous weight-management program.

The health education group was mailed pamphlets on nutrition and parenting strategies for change, but did not receive any coaching or personalized interventions.

Meanwhile, families in the DRIVE group met with a psychologist or a nutritionist, and were challenged to reduce screen time, engage in more physical fitness activities and plan healthier meals.

Families in the group that was mailed pamphlets did not receive behavioral interventions with follow ups.

 Researchers followed the families in both groups for 19 weeks, and monitored changes in their weight, waist circumference and body mass index.

According to Apolzan, there was less of an increase in the BMI of children in the DRIVE group, with average gains of 0.6 pounds at nine weeks and a 1.3-pound weight gain at 19 weeks, which he said was attributable to normal growth spurts.

Some of the parents in the DRIVE group were able to lose weight as well, averaging a 7.5-pound weight loss by the end of the study.

Children in the less rigorous health education group gained 3.3 pounds nine weeks into the study, and 5 pounds at 19 weeks -- significantly more than their DRIVE counterparts.

Researchers believe these weight increases are due to a less structured weight management program.

Dr. Apolzan emphasized that the DRIVE study was not a weight loss study, but rather focused on weight management in children at risk for obesity -- researchers were focused on making sure that families adopted healthier lifestyle practices.

Helping kids stay active, low-sugar snacks, and incorporating more fruits and vegetables are some steps that families can take to being healthier.

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Number of measles cases over 1,000 in US for first time since its eradication

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The ongoing measles outbreak reached a new record, surpassing 1,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. so far this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there have been 1,022 cases in 28 states through June 6.

That marks an increase of 41 cases since the previous week. The last update noted that in the first five months of the year, from Jan. 1 through May 31, there were 981 cases confirmed.

The disease is now present in more than half of all states, with Idaho, New Mexico, Virginia and Maine confirming their first cases in the past several weeks.

The new total, while hitting the symbolic threshold of 1,000 cases, has already created records in that there have been more cases so far in 2019 than there had been in any other year since measles was eradicated in the United States in 2000.

In fact, there have been more cases so far this year than there have been in the past four years combined, according to CDC data.

The majority of cases have been limited to a small number of populated areas within the 28 states where they've been reported.

In New York state, New York City has had 566 confirmed cases from September through June 3, while Rockland County has had 259 confirmed cases from an unspecified 2018 date to June 6. The CDC has not reported an outbreak in any other part of the state.

There have been 81 cases in Washington state -- and 71 of those were in Clark County alone, though all of those were reported before May. In May, there were nine new cases throughout the state, their department of health reported.

California's health department reported 51 confirmed cases as of June 3, with the highest total in one county: 10 in Los Angeles.

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Are child-free, single women really happier? Author's claim sparks debate

Cecilie_Arcurs/iStock(NEW YORK) -- All the single (and child-free) ladies put their hands up, as Beyonce would say, when an author made headlines recently with his claim that women without kids or a partner are the happiest people of all. But is that true?

"I agree," Jess Michaels, a 42-year-old author who is married but without children, told ABC News' Good Morning America. "I’m responsible for my own happiness and safety and welfare. That takes a lot of pressure off myself."

The research behind the claim came in the book Happy Ever After written by Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics.

Dolan based his findings on data he interpreted from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), a national survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on how and with whom Americans spend their time.

"You’re probably better off being a man that marries than a woman who marries," Dolan told GMA about his findings. "Men calm down and take fewer risks when they get married. Women, essentially, they’ve got another child in the house when they get married."

Almost faster than you can say "I do," Dolan's interpretation of the ATUS data came under fire on social media after he spoke about the book during a festival in the U.K.

One economist, Gray Kimbrough, a professor at American University in Washington D.C., countered Dolan in a long Twitter thread, saying that "the evidence does support significant observed differences between married and unmarried men in terms of health, life satisfaction, and so on," and also disputed Dolan's assertion that married women die sooner.

Dolan acknowledged in his response to Kimbrough's tweets that he had misinterpreted a variable in the ATUS data. He said his editor is making a change to the book, but maintained his position that marriage is, for the most part, better for men than women.

In an interview with GMA, Dolan said the larger idea he puts forward in the book is that women in particular can lead non-traditional lives and still be happy.

"If I’ve kind of emboldened people to make different life choices — and not just women who don’t marry or have kids — if I’ve enabled them to be more liberated, then that’s fantastic," he said. "I’m not making any prescription about how anyone lives their life, just suggesting that people may want to live differently than what’s expected."

Dolan said he got a large round of applause at the U.K. festival where he first spoke about his findings. He believes interest in the topic is so high because it challenges the societal norms that expect women to marry and have kids.

"The world is a complicated place and we like institutions and order and marriage gives us that order," he said. "If single women may not be as miserable as we think them to be, that calls into question the orders and we don’t like that being challenged."

Dolans' book comes at a time when women are getting married later in life, if at all, and more women are choosing to be childless. The fertility rate in the U.S. has been steadily declining, with 60.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2017, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Women without kids can also be seen thriving in American life -- Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston -- and in pop culture, such as Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker's characters on Sex and the City.

#ChildFree and #ChildFreeByChoice are even their own hashtags on social media.

"I definitely think I’m happier than I would have been," said Michaels. "I’ve taken more chances and gotten to do more in terms of travel and career. I don’t think I would have done those things if I’d had children to consider."

Amy Blackstone, a sociology professor at the University of Maine, has studied the child-free movement for the past decade. She too is a married woman who has chosen not to have kids.

When she first set out to find data on women who are child-free, she discovered there was very little.

"I thought I would find a lot of research about women like me but I didn't," she said. "We need to pick this question up because we still don’t understand the lived experiences of women without children."

Blackstone started a blog about being child-free and wrote a new book about her research, too, called Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence.

"There’s very little scientific evidence to show that women have a maternal drive to have children," Blackstone said. "That was a big a-ha moment for me."

"What we tell ourselves and rear girls in is that when they grow up, their biological clock will start ticking and maternal instinct will kick in and they’ll be happy," she added. "Yes there is a thing that kicks in once women have given birth that drives them to nurture their children, but we’re really driven to have sex, not motherhood."
Blackstone pointed out that an important distinction in her research is the difference between women who choose to be child-free and women who want to have children but are unable to due to a variety of circumstances.

For women who choose not to have children, the stereotypes that they are selfish and self-involved are just not true, both Blackstone and Dolan found.

"From the women I interviewed, many of them are deeply involved in their communities," said Blackstone. "What I found is they opt to use their time being very involved in their communities and are more likely to organize an event rather than simply attend an event, for example."

Dolan noted that for single women and women without kids, the strength of their community outside their immediate families -- or their social networks -- is the main reason they report high levels of happiness.

"Often, the narrative is that women who choose not to have children are selfish, but how selfish is it to have children if you’re creating an image of yourself and then you’re sharing it with everyone," Dolan said. "I'm making the non-controversial claim in my book that the evidence can be interpreted with huge variations across individuals so we should perhaps just let people get on and live their own lives."

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Michigan hotel offering free accommodations for women traveling for abortion

Casimiro/iStock(YALE, Mich.) -- A hotel in small-town Michigan is offering free accommodation to any woman traveling to the state to have an abortion.

Shelley O'Brien, manager of The Yale Hotel in the tiny town of Yale, Michigan, made the offer in a post on the hotel's official Facebook page last month, following a spate of sweeping abortion bans passed in a number of states.

"Dear sisters that live in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, or any of the other states that follow with similar laws restricting access, we cannot do anything about the way you are being treated in your home-state," O'Brien wrote. "But, if you can make it to Michigan, we will support you with several nights lodging, and transportation to and from your appointment."

The Facebook post has been shared more than 3,000 times.

O'Brien later added an update to the May 16 post, saying she's received telephone numbers of people willing to help drive women to the hotel, which is located about 65 miles north of Detroit.

"We've got some amazing people in our village," she wrote. "We've got your backs."

O'Brien did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Monday morning.

More than 350 pieces of legislation that would restrict abortion access have been introduced in states across the country this year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights research group that was initially started as part of Planned Parenthood, but officially separated in 2007 and has been operating independently ever since.

So far in 2019, 17 bans on abortion have been signed in 10 states -- but none have gone into effect because they are all facing a legal challenge or have delayed starts. For now, abortion remains legal in every state.

Last month, Michigan's Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate both voted to ban second-trimester abortion procedures and make it a felony for doctors to perform them, except to save a woman's life.

But Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has vowed to veto any legislation that restricts abortion access.

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Kroger recalls frozen berries over hepatitis A concerns

iStock/Qwart(NEW YORK) -- The grocery store chain Kroger has recalled three varieties of frozen berries after the Food and Drug Administration discovered some of them tested positive for hepatitis A.

The recall, announced Friday, includes the store's Private Selection brand of frozen blackberries and two sizes of frozen berry medleys.

The FDA said no customers have reported getting sick.

Routing testing by the FDA of a sample of the berries turned up positive for the disease.

In addition to Kroger stores, the berries were distributed to all of the company-owned outlets, including Ralphs, Fred Dillons, Smith's and Fred Meyer, among others.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease spread through contaminated food or water that causes fatigue, nausea and abdominal pain. It usually clears up on its own after a month or two, and is preventable through vaccination.

The store has recalled its 48-ounce frozen triple berry medley, with UPC 0001111079120, its 16-ounce frozen triple berry medley, with UPC 0001111087808, and its 16-ounce frozen blackberries, with UPC 0001111087809.

"Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement," according to the FDA.

Kroger has removed the items from store shelves.

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Feeling stressed? It might be making your dog stressed, too

iStock/Rawpixel(NEW YORK) -- A dog has traditionally been called man’s best friend, but it might be possible that dogs and their owners share an even deeper relationship than originally thought.

Dogs mirror the stress levels of their owners over long periods of time, according to a new study, which found that the level to which they fell in sync depended on the owners’ personality.

For the study, Swedish researchers compared the stress levels in 58 dogs — Shetland Sheepdogs and Border Collies — with their respective female owners by measuring levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their hair. They measured levels of the hormone in both the summer and winter to detect long-term associations.

The researchers also took into account other factors, like the dogs’ activity levels, the owners’ personality traits and whether or not the dog’s owner worked — all of which can affect the dogs’ stress levels.

Even after accounting for differences in lifestyle and dog age, there was a strong and significant correlation in long-term stress levels between dogs and their owners. However, there was one exception.

Owners who considered themselves to be high-strung, or neurotic, tended to have dogs with lower cortisol levels throughout the study period. The researchers attributed this finding to a strong attachment between more anxious owners and their dogs and said that in the long run, this bond may facilitate lower stress levels and better health for both people and their pets.

“For humans with high scores for neuroticism, the dog may serve as an important source of social support, which might then lead to lower cortisol in both owner and dog,” Lina Roth, an author of the study and associate professor of biology at Linkӧping University in Linkӧping, Sweden, told ABC News. “These results raise new questions about the interaction between personality and stress.”

The results also lead to further questions about interspecies dynamics. In particular, Roth and her team are interested in the occurrence of emotional contagion, or how emotions are shared by two individuals.

“From our results, we can now conclude that this synchronization is not [a] species’ specific phenomenon,” she said, adding that the group has planned follow-up studies to test this relationship further.

While cortisol is an important indicator and surrogate marker for measuring stress levels, it doesn’t totally explain the complex set of processes that occur in the body when it becomes stressed. Cortisol can have beneficial effects on the body, too, such as reducing inflammation.

Likewise, not all kinds of stress are necessarily bad for people or for dogs, and more research will be necessary before saying for certain whether the associated rise in cortisol levels are detrimental to health.

Even though more research is necessary, Roth does have some advice for better health: “Get a dog.”

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White meat is just as bad as red meat when it comes to cholesterol: Study

iStock/Pavlo_K(NEW YORK) -- Red meat has been given a bad rep for heart health in people whose diets have a high proportion of it, but a new study finds that white meat may be just as bad when it comes to cholesterol.

Despite the common belief that white meats are less detrimental to our health, both red meat and white meat contain saturated fats, which increase levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase a person’s risk of heart attacks, stroke and peripheral artery disease.

The study from the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) found that people who ate white meat diets consisting of chicken and turkey ended up with cholesterol levels that were no different from those who ate red meat diets consisting of lean beef or pork. Both diets caused significant jumps in cholesterol compared to people whose diets consisted of plant-based proteins.

"When we planned this study, we expected red meat to have a more adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels than white meat, but we were surprised that this was not the case — their effects on cholesterol are identical when saturated fat levels are equivalent," said study senior author Dr. Ronald Krauss, senior scientist and director of atherosclerosis research at CHORI, in the study’s press release.

The small study involved 113 people who normally had diets that were either high or low in saturated fats. All participants tried a red meat, white meat and plant-based protein diet for one month each, with the order in which they ate these diets decided at random. In between the monthly diets, participants were able to eat their normal diet for a few weeks. Cholesterol levels were checked before and after each test diet.

The study did not include fish, grass-fed beef or processed meats. The plant-based diets emphasized the consumption of legumes, nuts, grains and soy products.

Both the red and white meat likely raised the participants’ cholesterol levels higher than the plant-based diet because they contain different kinds of fat.

Whereas red and white meat have higher levels of saturated fat, “plant-based diets are higher in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, or ‘healthy fats,’ as well as being packed with fiber,” Larlee Jensen, a registered dietitian in New York City who was not involved in the study, told ABC News.

“The combination of adding healthy fats and fiber into your diet can help to lower cholesterol levels,” she added.

The study authors said this is the first study to show that both kinds of meat — red and white — cause cholesterol levels to go higher than plant-based protein sources.

Dr. Brian Geller, a clinical and interventional cardiologist, told ABC News that the findings support much of what is currently recommended by health professionals. He said the findings suggest that going forward, plant-based diets could be used to help prevent cholesterol problems throughout communities rather than an individual remedy for people who are already dealing with cholesterol problems.

That’s not to say that animal sources for protein aren’t good for you. Jensen said that lean cuts of red or white meat can still be a part of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation.

Both Galler and Jensen recommended the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts and limits meats and unhealthy fats.

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