How Much Protein Do We Need?

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For years I have felt that we as a society consume too much protein. It is a perpetual debate that has gone on for years, and is still going on. How much protein do we need?

In centuries past, meat was harder to acquire and was not eaten at every meal. Now that we have access to any type of food we want, meat is no longer as rare as it once was. Many people eat some type of meat with most meals currently. Continue reading How Much Protein Do We Need?

Is It Safe to Eat Red Meat?

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? Continue reading Is It Safe to Eat Red Meat?

Vegetarians and Meat Eaters

cutletsWithin the past 6 months I decided to stop eating meat. I had been reading articles and studies that were talking about how red meat can be very bad for you. I had been reading articles that talked about how chickens were raised and how most of them are not fed well.

I feel that many of the chemicals that are used to make the animals bigger and meatier, are absorbed into our bodies when we eat them. Thus all of the anti-biotics and hormones end up causing us issues in our bodies.

So I decided to try to go vegetarian. I still eat fish and dairy, so not a full vegetarian. But I wanted to see how I felt with not eating any meat, red or white.

And I have to say that I feel great. I stopped eating meat before the holidays because I figured it would be a good way to prevent myself from overeating during the holidays. I hate the feeling of being overly stuffed.

Throughout the holidays I felt great. I felt lighter and less weighed down from not eating meat. I didn’t on the extra 2 to 5 pounds that most people gain during the holidays.

And now there is even another reason to consider at least eating less meat. A recent study came out that concluded that vegetarians live longer than meat eaters.

Here is a link to the Wall Street Journal article about the study:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324423904578523190441042514.html?mod=wsj_valettop_email

The Heart Disease Link to Red Meat

cutletsMany people love eating a juicy hamburger or steak. Red meat is a nutritional staple in our western diets. More information is coming out about the short and long term health effects of a diet high in red meat. A study was recently released that proved that a compound found in red meat (carnitine), causes the laying down of plaque in arteries, called atherosclerosis. This is the same compound found in some energy drinks. The more carnitine you consume, the better your gut gets at converting it to a compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). Previous research by a team of researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that TMAO promotes atherosclerosis in people. This is even more of a reason to decrease red meat consumption. This is just one reason why I recommend eating red meat no more than 1 time per week.

This is an article about the research study and the findings:

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20130407/compound-in-red-meat-energy-drinks-may-have-heart-disease-link

 

 

 

The Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle

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It is well known that the Mediterranean diet is very effective in controlling heart disease, weight and improving overall health.

The Mediterranean diet is more of a way of eating, or a lifestyle, rather than an actual diet. It focuses on eating fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and olive oil. Very little saturated fats and red meats are eaten in this style of eating. Continue reading The Mediterranean Diet/ Lifestyle