The mysterious case of ‘red meat’

Eat more of this, eat less of this and just enough of that. That is usually the diet advice that is out there. But what is the truth about red meat?

Is there a truth?

News came out recently, with the headline “Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.” When you read this headline, how did you feel? I rolled my eyes thinking, not again. For decades margarine was healthier than butter, now the trans – fats in margarine are seriously bad for you. There is a constant forth and back.

Is now the time where red meat is great for us again and we can slam some steak on our plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Sure, it’s up to you in the end. You could also blend the steak up in a blender and add some extra protein powder just to make sure. Cheers!

The ‘new’ study is actually a series of 5 systematic reviews. The recommendations are probably the worst you can find for anything. They are advising people to continue their processed red meat consumption and the unprocessed red meat consumption. Simply because there is not enough evidence that either of them is bad.

Humans are comfortable by nature. Offering such simple advice in such a complicated field of research is really unacceptable. After the study came out it left many researchers in a crisis. All the work that has been done over the past decades to set up guidelines about red meat consumption could be questioned and loose credibility because of one piece of research.

From dozens of studies, guidelines of the consumption of red meat have been set up:

  • The word cancer research fund: limit consumption to no more than about 3 portions per week.
  • The World Health Organization has classified processed meats including ham, bacon, salami and “Frankfurters” (sausages) as a Group 1 carcinogen (known to cause cancer) which means that there’s strong evidence that processed meats cause cancer. Eating processed meat increases your risk of bowel and stomach cancer. Red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork, has been classified as a Group 2A carcinogen which means it probably causes cancer.
  • Cancer Council: To reduce your risk of cancer, eat no more than 1 serving of lean red meat per day or 2 serves 3-4 times per week.

These are just a few recommendations. Maybe in a few years there will be enough evidence that red meat is completely harmless. Until then, I think it is clear that red meat is to be dealt with carefully.

“Nutrition science is fiendishly complicated, and we’ll probably never know definitively whether red meat is good or bad for your health”

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

What it eats, is what you eat

One important aspect to watch out for when you eat beef is what it ate. What your food eats is just as important as what you have on your plate. Grass fed meat has more omega-3 fatty acids, fewer hormones and antibiotics. As well as:

  • fewer calories
  • supports healthy blood sugar levels
  • contains electrolytes
  • helps fight cancer
  • contains more healthy fat
  • contains less harmful bacteria
  • can decrease your risk of heart disease

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On the other hand…

If you have doubts about red meat, why not try the carnivore diet? Eat only meat, eggs and fish. Which will be another topic here at Fusion Kinetic. Keep an eye out for the meat-only-solution coming your way. What do you think about red meat consumption? Leave a comment.

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