Oct 2, 2019
HEALTH NERD – There’s something almost mythical in a perfect steak.
While it seems like a very simple thing to do – throw a bit of meat on the grill, cook until done – there’s an art to getting steak right that takes the humble hunk of cow from a boring dish into a masterpiece of culinary skill.
There are few things better than a really well-cooked piece of red meat.
The problem is that the deliciousness of red meat has long been considered to be outweighed by its side-effects.
Study after study has found that red meat is associated with poor health for any number of reasons – it may cause cancer, it’s associated with heart disease, and it could even cause diabetes.
These findings have led to many guidelines recommending people eat a bit less red meat to improve their health.
But now, according to headlines from across the world, all of that has changed.
A controversial new study has proven that actually there’s no evidence that eating red meat is bad for us, and that we can go ahead and gorge on steak and burgers once again.
On the other hand, headlines have hit out saying that this new research is nonsense, and that it could be deadly if people start eating more meat. This seems like a contradiction – either red meat is or isn’t good for us, surely?
The answer, as you might have guessed, is very complicated, but it boils down to a simple fact: nutrition science is far harder than most people assume.
The new study that everyone is talking about is actually more than one piece of research – researchers from across the world came together and conducted a series of 5 systematic reviews of the evidence, looking at the effects of red meat on a wide variety of health issues … Read more.
Mayo Clinic: Does eating red meat affect heart health?
Red meat consumption has long been associated with increased risk of diseases, such as heart attack and stroke.
A new study suggests that meat may not be so bad after all. Nevertheless, Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, says that limiting red meat in your diet is still important for heart health.
Meat — is it OK to eat it when comes to heart health or not?
“Cutting down on meat consumption has clearly been shown in multiple, multiple studies to be helpful,” says Dr. Kopecky.
He says meat, especially red meat and processed meat, is associated with increased risk of many health issues, including heart attack and stroke.
“Everybody from the World Health Organization to the American Cancer Society has said: ‘Don’t eat so much processed meats. Don’t eat so much red meat,'” says Dr. Kopecky.
People who eat foods based on the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in whole grains, veggies, fruits, fish and olive oil, have a reduced risk of many health issues.
“Not just heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease ⏤ things we’re all getting worried about. Almost all cancers, (and it) reduces erectile dysfunction, macular degeneration, eye problems we get — multiple things,” says Dr. Kopecky.
So cutting down on meat is a good thing.
“Eating a little bit probably won’t get you in trouble, but eating as much as you want will,” says Dr. Kopecky.
Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network