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We only eat red meat or pork once a week. My mom usually buys real lean beef like rounds and sirloins so it does not have a lot of fat. Also, my dad is diabetic and has gout and he can not eat alot of process meats because it will make his gout act up.
Salt's not bad for us either.
No longer bad for us. It was never bad for humans.
Eating plenty of red meat is actually healthy for humans. It has many benefits. Processed meats however should be avoided, it is not any where near as good as actual meat straight from the cows, goats, lamb...etc.
What about a healthy person who who enjoys a nice steak once a week? The recommended serving for red meat is a joke. If I had to eat only that much, I would just not bother at all. Humans were designed to eat meat. And veggies. There is a reason we are driven to eat fatty things like meat...we need SOME fat..and in the natural world of hunter gathers...you ate plant items and when you were lucky enough to get meat, you stuffed yourself with it. Why? Because it might be another week before you had any meat. The problem with today is you can just go into the grocery store and buy all the meat you want. If you had to work hard to pursue your meat (hunt with primitive means--this equals healthy exercise) and could only eat meat when you could catch something, you would have no problems. Personally, I do try to check my intake but that once a week, boy I put alot away. I also eat alot of fish (that I catch) and have an active lifestyle.
Everything in moderation
This is just the type of article that spreads more confusion about healty diets. I'm sure many people didn't bother to read your final sentence about sticking with a mostly plant based diet. There is so much misinformation out there- many of the comments posted are shocking! Dwayne, I sincerely hope that you have not suffered a stroke or heart attack since posting your comment, cause that's where your heading. Try not to cherry pick the news you want to hear, and educate yourself. There is no medical associate promoting meat!!
Some people thrive on meat and some thrive on being vegetarian. Blood type seems to be a factor. I am 71 and have always eaten lots of meat. I am quite healthy. This concern about red meat doesn't seem to have scientific support. Surveys are surveys. If you want to be the best influence you can be for your physical health, you need to educate yourself a bit and manage your carbohydrate intake.
i think that as you go through life (male or female) it depends on age and circumstances as to what diet would be the most beneficial.things such as your type of employment..pregnacy..age..genetics..your personal health issues at the time would be a large factor as to what you should be consuming at that period of time.
I am 83 years old and in perfect health (although still to chubby) I take no medicine or vitamins. I love meat and lots of veggies. when I was first pregnant,many years ago. I was anemic. My doctor said to eat lots of red meat along with veggies. My babies were very healthy and I bloomed like a rose. ( I did not gain my present weight until later years) I drink three glasses of milk a day I do not smoke or take drugs get a moderate amountt of exercise and do not eat processed meat. I find this obsession with food very unhealthy
This article from the LA Times seems to contradict this earlier research.
over 60 yrs of on again off again I can say just eat smart. Take ownership of your health. Be aware of your unique you so that if a problem arises you know when telling a doctor and listening to their responses if it is a fit or needs further investigating. Doctors need then to listen to their patients fully and to know if the patient is body & health aware.
I need to know if red meat is linked to high blood pressure.
Processed meats contain tons of glutamate and other ingredients like glucose, like every processed food outhere. Glutamate is an important nerve transmitter, but the amounts we ingest everyday have probably negative effects for the nervous system. Diabetes (excepting MODY type) seems to be more and more an issue with the nervous system, there may be some connection with the humungous amounts of glutamage we ingest and so called autoimmune chronic illnesses. Other than that, meat is one of the healthiest foods outthere, mongols, massai, inuit and a plethora of other folks live long, healthy lifes (if you take their hard and harsh lifestyles, which no vegan would survive for long) and almost exclusively live off animal proteins and fats. The problem with AGEs is found with every cooked food, not only with meat, no matter if it's bananas, potatos or apples.
First off, after reading a bunch of comments, many of them were nothing more than jokes. The entire world has seen veggie people living healthier than meat eaters, so then how can one say that meat is required? American Health Association has strong evidence that mostly non veg people suffer with diseases, and veggies are least unlikely to suffer from these diseases. One should eat natural veggie food, not inorganic. And if one explores the human anatomy, he would discover that our body is designed to be the same as herbivores.
More people need to read primary sources. I have yet to see a study that condemns red meat that was not purely correlative. Even PETA can't find one, yet they never hesitate to parade around the most questionable correlations between meat-eating and disease. Veggie journalists often make the jump from correlation to causation too, and scientifically-illiterate readers often miss that. Intervention studies show that more red meat and fatty fish can actually lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Forget grains and all other pant-based staples. Even just morphologically speaking, humans are vastly more similar to carnivorous mammals than herbivores.
Until the U.S.D.A and Secretary Tom Vilsack
prohibit private oil/gas drilling companies
from drilling and disposing of the toxic
brine draining from the wells where
cattle graze, we are asking for a lot of
trouble. Want THAT red meat? Not I ! !
I have been studying foods in diet based on the Genetics or even sex of a person. Our personal ancestors have created a way of life that is individually hard to change. We are not taking into consideration of our ancestors eating habbits in accordance with the enzymes we can create in our bodies. We all evolved different and need to eat different. If our body senses a type of food it secretes and produces enzymes for what it senses. If the food is not what it smells or tastes like it will not be digested right and cause a slurry of unwanted chemicals. We have been changing the chemical structure of our food too fast for our body to evolve to it. Sicknesses of all types is the end result. The doctors, even though many know this, won't inform us of this thinking we will not change our lifestyle anyway. Now we need pills that only work for a short time because the body equalizes to their presence. Then another med and sick again. Throughout history man has always eaten different than woman. We are different because we have been brought up different throughout history. Men and women take apart food differently because of a hereditary diet difference. It will take many generations to change this but we are trying to do it in just one or two and we are doomed to sickness. I eat meat and am male. The meats chemical structure has changed and I, like others, am having problems. The difference is I know what's wrong and others won't believe
Are there more 'advanced glycation end products' found in processed meats or is it soley based on the cooking style?
thank you for your article. I wonder if you would consider beef jerky as processed red meat? Though it is salty, it has very little fat or cholesterol. I've worked in a nutrition store, and find your comments interesting. In my experience, the ladies tend to lean towards a diet high in fruits and vegetables, where as the guys leaned towards a high protein diet. If you are interested, please check out "The Balance of Good Health", at http://www.exercisenutrition.net/ Though we all need protein, and fruits and vegetables, I suspect their is difference between the needs of the 2 sexes which has yet to be recognized.
MDs have mislead folsk for quite some time. A plant based diet leads to diabetes. The body is fuelded by fat, protein and carbs, but FAT is the PRIMARY fuel. Carbs cause insulin releases and leads to fat storage instead of using it for fuel. Eat plenty of fat, limit your protein and drink loads of water! Plant based diets require supplements that only come from animal products. If plant based was the best and natural it would not need to be supplemented. Meat is fat, protein and water and it produces very little waste! Eat more red meat and stay healthy and fit!
You mentioned in your article about Sushi and how to lower the calories. You mentioned that one way to cut the calories is to decrease the amount of rice or now rice at all. I Have lived in Japan for a long time and know what Sushi is. If you eliminate the rice, it is not Sushi. Sushi is not raw fish or any other knid of Fish for that matter. Raw Fish is called "Sashimi" and there are many variants of Sushi that do not contain any kind of Fish at all.
"Sushi" Is cooked Rice (the "sticky" kind which has rice vinegar and a little sugar added to it. THIS IS SUSHI, NOT RAW FISH. When I returned from Japan I began to realize that Americans think that Sushi is raw Fish which it is not. Please clarify this misnomer.
I want to see research on grass fed and organic beef !!!
I am 61 years old and I have been a red meat eater all my life. We raise Beef Cattle and I am here to tell you that all the hype about eating red meat is just hype. I am in perfect health and all I take is a multi vitamin every day. Enjoy that rib eye steak!
This information is interesting and the advice wise, I'm sure; but here's an addendum: meat from grass-fed animals has less sat. fat. Grass-fed beef and lamb and free-range chicken are therefore, presumably, less damaging than the feedlot animals.
Hi, nice post. I have been wondering about this topic,so thanks for sharing. I will certainly be subscribing to your blog.
Jeff you can enjoy all of the hormones, saturated fat, and heavy metals found in our over farmed meat supply. Nobody is going to take that away from you. Do you really think Gary Taubes the writer of your book, and maybe the only book on nutrition you've read other than online articles would disagree with this article? This article is not about weight loss. Pick up a first year textbook on nutrition. You think Gary Taubes is against portion control, sodium content, and not eating nitrates? It concludes with not eating processed meats. Kinda like how Taubes is against refined carbs. Refined = Processed (not the best option). How is the writers bias evident? and what studies are they going to ignore?
Taubes has no formal training in nutrition or medicine, he also says exercise is an inefficient weight loss tool. No wonder people love this book, they have an excuse not to do anything and continue being fat and lazy.
I know when I look at runners, cyclists, and other athletes I think what fat slobs. This guy must be right....
the bias evident in 'sticking with a plant based diet' is what is wrong with medical science. you ignore studies that don't support your own bias. read 'good calories, bad calories' and stop giving advice contrary to real science because a) you are too brainwashed to read science with a critical eye and/or b) you are brainwashed by the barrage of pharmaceutical-based money that drives medical 'opinion' while dooming people to continued illness.
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