Many people believe this to be true and you can see that by the explosion of fake, plant-based meat products in the supermarket. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, that’s perfectly fine. We all are free to choose our style of eating. What I want to talk about very briefly here is the misconception that red meat is “bad.”
I honestly do not feel any food should be demonized and totally eliminated. There are “foods” that have no nutritional value that should be limited like fast foods, packaged, processed foods full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and seed oils. Actually I don’t truly consider them foods since they have no nutritional value. But even if you have those occasionally, you will not ruin all your good work.
That being said, we’ve heard for years that red meat causes heart disease. This study examined how the intake of fresh and processed meat affected 135,000 study participants from 21 countries. The researchers found no association between fresh red meat and the risk of early death, heart disease, cancer or stroke.
Another study analyzed 59 published reviews examining how dietary fat affects different health outcomes. The researchers found no association of total fat, monounsaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids and saturated fatty acids with risk of chronic disease.
Keep in mind that we don’t eat these foods by themselves. They are part of our entire diet. I always stress food quality. Here is another facet of that. If you eat red meat, even grass fed and finished red meat, within a highly processed, refined food diet, it is not going to have the same effect on your body as it would if you eat it with fresh, whole, high quality one-ingredient foods. So it matters what your entire diet is, not just one food or food group.
So the bottom line remains the same for me: choose the highest quality, fresh, one-ingredient foods that agree with your make up including both properly grown and raised animal and plant foods.
Do you avoid red meat or fat because you believe it is unhealthy?
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