Eating red meat has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes in recent years, leaving HCP’s to tell their patients with heart disease to stay away from red meat all together . Well, good news to meat lovers: a study from the Harvard school of Public Health just published this week showed that the risk of heart disease and diabetes is only with processed meats!! Mostly, they found, that the risk of increased heart disease is due to the amount of salt, fat, and other chemicals used as preservatives. A separate study, specifically on the ingestion of processed meats, showed an increased risk of pancreatic cancer by 67%.
What are some processed meats to avoid?
Bacon ( this one seriously makes me cry)
basically any meat in a can…..
and beware of all meat that is previously prepared (like in fast food restaurants, etc)
Now, this doesn’t mean that you can totally gorge in Filet Mignon daily BUT, it does mean that when you get a craving for steak, go get one! And, if you want a hamburger, go for it. What I like to do, since my Kitchenaide mixer rules my world, is to buy organic grass fed meat, and grind my own meat to make hamburgers (after watching food, inc. I can never eat meat from a grocery store again).
I still do encourage a diet high in fruits and veg and fish, but I also realize the need for red meat that some people have (like me), so you don’t have to feel guilty for giving in to your red meat cravings, just eat meat smarter. By smarter, I mean try to eat organic grass fed meat (from a local farm whenever possible)and stay away from processed meats whenever possible. Don’t feel guilty about the 4th of July hot dog, or the Fenway frank every once in a while, but please try to not make it a habit.
Yours in Good Health