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Red Meat

Posted on 04/16/2013

I'm often asked why we do not serve red meat on our meal plan. Well, the short answer is, it is not good for you and medical experts do not recommend it. On occasion, it is fine, of course, everything in moderation. However, to have it day in and day out, that's a no-no. More research out recently supports this position.

According to a recent study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, the fat and cholesterol found in red meat may not be the only components bad for the heart, researchers have found another substance in red meat that can clog arteries. The substance is called carnitine and as bacteria in the gut break it down, it turns into a compound known to harden arteries, according to the study. People who consume a lot of meat allow more of the bacteria to grow. 

A large study from last year tracked men and women (120,000) and linked daily consumption of unprocessed red meat with a 13 percent increase in mortality risk. Even just eating a serving of red meat a day may raise the risk of early death, according to the Harvard University study. The findings were not entirely surprising to researchers, since red meat has long been linked to increased risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. What was most surprising though, was the magnitude of risk with very moderate red meat consumption. It's important to note, that processed meat carried an even bigger risk, eating just one serving of it was associated with a 20 percent increased risk of premature death.

Speaking of read meat, I saw a recent blog on a doctor site that asks the question: how many miles will it take to "walk off" a burger? I was immediately drawn to it, since it was interesting but I also wondered how they measured it since there are so many variables, namely the portion size and amount of calories each burger can differ or represent. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill set up a study to figure this out. On average, the burger containing 250 calories would require 78 minutes of walking or 2.6 miles to burn off those calories. 

Those are just a few reasons, not all the research on the subject by any means. But, what a better reason than that to consume a diet with more plant-based proteins (like our vegetarian meal plan)? Just some "food for thought," dear readers. 

Have a happy and healthy week!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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