Chicken is no health food. New research shows that, if you want to lower your cholesterol, you should pass on red and white meat and eat green foods instead — healthy, humane, environmentally friendly vegan food, that is.

Scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute have found that eating chicken and turkey can raise your blood cholesterol levels just as much as eating beef, pork and lamb can. But vegan foods, which are naturally cholesterol-free, generally low in fat and rich in soluble fiber, have actually been shown to reverse heart disease.

According to Dr. David Jenkins, a renowned nutrition scientist at the University of Toronto, “[T]he evidence is very strong that vegans, who eat no animal products, have the best cardiovascular health profile and the lowest cholesterol levels.”

If you’re concerned about your cholesterol, see for more information on a plant-based diet and a free vegan starter kit.