How Much Red Meat Should You Really Be Eating Per Week?
Red meat is muscle meat that comes from mammals. This includes beef, veal, pork, lamb, goat, and mutton. [And our favorite, bison. – Editor]
Is red meat bad for you?
Admittedly, there are several downsides to eating red meat.
“Excess red meat intake has been linked to health issues such as heart disease, elevated cholesterol, digestive issues, and increased cancer risk, especially for colorectal cancers,” says nutritionist Jessica Cording, R.D.
Part of this risk comes down to the high levels of saturated fat in most red meats.
While consuming higher amounts of saturated fat is no longer believed to increase your risk of heart disease (phew!), saturated fat still affects your blood cholesterol levels.
But as a recent Women’s Health investigation shows, there’s still a LOT up for debate when it comes to how saturated fat impacts your health. So take some of that hype with a grain of salt.
How much red meat is safe to eat per week?
There’s a LOT of debate on this topic—making the official guidance incredibly varied:
- The FDA’s most recent dietary guidelines didn’t put a limit on red meat, but suggest limiting saturated fats to 10 percent of your daily calorie intake, which works out to 20 grams of sat fat per day on a 2,000 calorie diet.
- The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than six ounces per day of animal protein (two three-ounce servings)—and to opt for chicken, fish, or plant proteins (like beans) over red meat as much as possible.
- The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends eating no more than 18 ounces of cooked red meat per week—which amounts to about six three-ounce servings.
“If you’re keeping portions in check, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy meat several times per week,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D.N. Read the full story at Women’s Health.
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