Is It Safe to Eat Red Meat?

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bunch of steakIt seems that every week a new study is released that concludes that red meat consumption can be bad for you. A new study was released from the Harvard School of Health that linked increased red meat intake to the onset of type 2 diabetes.

This recently released study looked at over 150,ooo people over 8 years. They found was that those who increased their red meat consumption by only half a serving per day, over a 4 year period, were more likely to develope type 2 diabetes in the following 4 years.

What does this mean?

Can you still eat red meat?

Of course you can still eat red meat. You just want to limit it. Those of you who read my last article on red meat consumption know that I gave up eating red meat, and I feel better much better without it. I haven’t lost muscle mass, I haven’t wasted away to nothing. I am more biased towards a diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fats (which are found in animal products). But I still feel that it is fine to eat red meat. I just would limit it to no more than once a week.

Every study I have read about red meat consumption mentions that eating it frequently will cause the health issues associated with a diet high in red meat (type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arterial plaquing or atherosclerosis. Eating red meat once a week is not enough to make those changes in your body over time.

Red meat can be part of a healthy lifestyle and diet. You just can’t eat it more than once a week.

Here is a link to the article that talks about the study from Harvard:

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-red-meat-diabetes-20130617,0,3405532.story

Here are 2 other articles that I wrote about eating red meat: 1st article      2nd article

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