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Red meat is a major health risk

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The data are in. Fortunately, over the past couple of years I find that I eat red meat less and less often. It does seem, though, that perhaps I should increase somewhat my intake of nuts. I get a daily 1.5 Tbsp of sliced almonds, but perhaps other dishes deserve nuts as well. For example, I’m making a bean salad today (protein from beans complemented with black rice and feta cheese). It would be nice to include pecans or pignolas in the salad, but none on hand right now.

Here’s the LA Times article on the finding. And here in the NY Times is a timely article on the current level of quality of synthetic “meats”.

Written by LeisureGuy

14 March 2012 at 8:42 am

Posted in Fitness, Food, Health, Science

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  1. I totally agree; dropping this from my diet – altogether – has helped me feel so much healthier, and more at peace:))

    wartica

    14 March 2012 at 10:13 am

  2. This is a topic that seems to find a lot of disagreement. All of the studies mentioned only show correlation, not causation, which is a major scientific red flag. For one well reasoned response, see:
    http://chriskresser.com/red-meat-is-still-not-bad-for-you-but-shoddy-research-and-clueless-media-are

    I’ve been living according to Paleo principles for the last two years (after 17 years mostly vegan). Result? – lost 40 pounds, normal blood pressure (eliminated meds), much better HDL number. I prefer to eat grass fed beef, wild fish, and green veggies, but eliminate legumes and grains, especially wheat, which humans have not adapted to genetically after only 10,000 years of exposure. Easy on modern fruit, due to high fructose content.

    Of course, the best diet is different for each individual. YMMV.

    – Terry

    Anonymous

    27 March 2012 at 4:26 pm

  3. Correlation is not causation, but causation does bring about correlation, so correlation naturally attracts the eye. That said, nutritional studies are notoriously difficult—practically the pedal point for Gary Taubes’s Good Calories, Bad Calories.

    I certainly have not stopped eating red meat, but now I eat it somewhat rarely: there are many other protein choices, and most are not so expensive. (As I’ve said in other contexts, my passionate affair with food is now in the “still friends” stage.) As for wheat, I don’t eat that much, but I do eat other grains: oats and rice, primarily, and I also eat wheat germ. So far, so good.

    LeisureGuy

    27 March 2012 at 5:15 pm


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