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Monday, August 29, 2011

Health Tip: Eat Red Meat

It drives me bonkers when I see articles like THIS!  They tell you to not eat red meat because it has saturated fat.  You know what also has saturated fat?  Breast milk!  Are you not going to feed your baby breast milk because it has saturated fat?  Right after they tell you not to eat red meat they say..

"there’s also evidence that processed meat, such as bacon and hot dogs, increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer"
Notice they didn't say red meat increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer.  They said "Processed meat" does.  There is one reason they don't directly tell you red meat increases your risk... Because red meat DOESN'T increase your risk!

My wife and I watched a documentary this weekend (yes, we are very exciting people!).  Here is the first 8min...

I agree with their main point that "you are what you eat".  People do need to be eating many more fruits and vegetables.  But I don't agree with their dislike of meat.  Similar to the above article, they tell you to not eat red meat because processed foods cause heart disease.  Huh?

Why is red meat always clumped into the same category as processed meat?  When I buy grass fed beef from a local farmer, or grass fed beef from Wegmans, the meat I am consuming has not been processed.  The cow has been killed, cut, and served.  No preservatives, no chemicals, no additives, no flavor enhancers, no nitrates...  Just red meat.

There is absolutely NO evidence that consuming red meat increases your chances of developing heart disease.  Any study I have read that links the two have grouped red meat with processed meats.  The few studies that have been done that separate the two show red meat has no affect, but processed meats (cured bacon, deli meat, fried foods...) are the culprit.  Take a look at the following study which actually separates unprocessed meat consumption from processed meat consumption.

Red and Processed Meat Consumption and Risk of Incident Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes Mellitus 

"Conclusions— Consumption of processed meats, but not red meats, is associated with higher incidence of CHD and diabetes mellitus. These results highlight the need for better understanding of potential mechanisms of effects and for particular focus on processed meats for dietary and policy recommendations."
Go ahead.  Eat that steak and feel good about it!


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