According to a couple of press releases I’ve seen today, scientists have published a report that suggests red meat is bad for us.
Take a look at this quote from this article, based on the results of a study conducted on just over 120,000 men and women in the US.
Regularly eating red meat – especially the processed variety – dramatically increases the risk of death from heart disease and cancer, a major study has shown. Each additional daily serving of processed red meat, equivalent to one hot-dog or two rashers of bacon, raised the chances of dying by a fifth.
Does this mean you should stop eating red meat? If you want the perfect physique, to lose fat and to live a long time should you go without chowing down on our animal friends? How are we going to get our daily recommended protein? Were the vegetarians right all along?
No – I don’t think so.
Firstly, the quote above specifically mentions ‘the processed variety’. Of the 120,000 US participants, how many do you think regularly bought grass-fed beef? A tiny percentage I’m guessing. Most would be feasting on processed red meat, the kind served in fast food joints or luncheon meats laden with sugar bought from super markets. Of course this stuff isn’t good for us.
Secondly, what are they eating all this meat with? Who goes to MacDonald’s and just eats the meat on it’s own? Noone. It’s stuffed into a bun packed with less nutrients than a brick. And you have it with large fries washed down with a gallon of Coke. Maybe even some ice cream for desert (try this healthy ice cream if you crave it).
No wonder these guys died of heart attacks. Why not just jump off a bridge now and save youself from the the slow and painful process of developing diabetes and eventually croaking it.
So basically I’m interpretting the conclusion of this study as:
If you buy and regularly eat processed and junk food you’ll die young.
Well D’uh! I think we all knew that.
I’ll keep eating good quality beef thank you very much.