American Heart Association Loves Red Meat

For years and years, health “experts” have been telling us that red meat is bad for our hearts.

  • Wives have been replacing their husbands’ T-Bones with steamed tofu cubes.
  • Girlfriends have been replacing the boyfriends’ burgers with chicken breast & pesto wrap sandwiches.

Well….no more.

the american heart association loves red meat

Today, the men of the world (and some of the women) are going to rise up and say no to steamed tofu cubes and dried out chicken breasts.

Today, we say yes to big juicy steaks and burgers dripping with saturated fat.

Because….according to the latest research, it is the consumption of processed meats, not red meats, that is associated with higher incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) and diabetes.

The Science

According to their analysis:

  • Red meat has no statistical association with CHD, while
  • Each serving per day of processed meat is associated with a 42% higher risk of CHD
  • Red meat also has no statistical association with diabetes, while
  • Each serving per day of processed meat results in a 19% higher risk of diabetes

Conclusion

Steak & Veggies: GOOD

steak and vegetables are good for you

Cold Cut Sandwiches: BAD

processed meat cause coronary heart disease and diabetes
image: Wikipedia

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Red Meat Kills?

image: Charles Valek
image: Charles Valek

It’s a sad day people.

This morning, I was going through my emails and came upon this study.

This horrible, horrible study.

This decade-long study, involving the 322,263 men and 223,390 women ages 50 to 71 who participated in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study.

This study, which tries to pry the burger from my hand by telling me that red and processed meat intakes were associated with a 20 to 40% increase in total mortality.

20 to 40%!!!

Hmmmm, 20 to 40%?

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Question: Would you drastically reduce (or eliminate altogether) your consumption of red meat if you thought that it would improve your odds of dying from cancer by 20 to 40%?

If not, why?

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Heart Disease and Stroke Caused By Diet

I’m sure this isn’t going to surprise many of you, but I was just reading a new study that claims that hypertension, heart disease and stroke is caused by diet.

By analyzing chemicals found in urine, researchers have been able to definitely link fluctuations in blood pressure to your metabolic fingerprint.

What the heck is metabolic fingerprint?

Metabolic fingerprint is a catchy way of describing the unique metabolites that are left behind by specific cellular processes. In this case, the scientists were looking at the metabolites (small molecules) found in urine, which reveal the way food is broken down in the body.

What does this mean to you?

According to the research, Western diets (rich in meat, high in alcohol and low in fibre) are bad.

Heart Disease and Stroke Caused By Diet

People who eat a diet high in animal protein (indicated by the metabolite alanine being present in urine) have…

  • higher blood pressure,
  • eat more calories,
  • have higher cholesterol,
  • and body mass indexes.

People who eat diets higher in starches such as rice (indicated by the metabolite formate) have…

  • lower blood pressure
  • and ingest fewer calories.

NOTE – People who have healthy levels of gut flora (reduced by antibiotic use, increased by prebiotics and probiotics and indicated by the presence of hippurate in the urine) also have lower blood pressure. Hippurate is also present in the urine of individuals with low levels of alcohol intake and higher levels of dietary fibre.

More Science…

  • While comparing the metabolic fingerprints of study participants in the U.K., United States, China and Japan, the scientists concluded that test subjects from the U.K. and the U.S.A. have similar genetic and metabolic profiles.
  • In contrast, while the Chinese and Japanese participants had similar genetic profiles, they had different metabolic fingerprints.

What was most interesting for me was the comparison of the native Japanese participants with those Japanese individuals living in the U.S.A.

  • Japanese-Americans displayed a typical American metabolic fingerprint;
  • Japanese-Japanese had the healthier non-Western metabolic fingerprint…indicating that lifestyle has a stronger effect on blood pressure & heart disease than genetics.

Conclusion…

  1. Heart disease is caused by diet
  2. Stroke is caused by diet
  3. You should stop eating processed junk food
  4. You should start eating the kind of food your great-great-grandparents ate

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