There’s such thing a thing as good advice…and there’s also bad advice.
Good advice usually comes from solid observational studies. Bad advice comes from hearsay and observational studies.
When it comes to red meat there is no real reason to avoid (read to the end to see the caveat on that). The links between the consumption of meat and both heart disease and cancer are frivolous and unfounded.
The few studies we do have of red meat contributing to cancer are all observational studies. Thus the results are skewed and inconclusive. To see an assessment on the inability of these studies to find anything wrong with red meat you can read Chris Kesser’s analysis here.
The truth is red meat is good for us. It contains several important nutrients we aren’t able to get from a plant based diet
Take a look:
- Red Meat Contains Vitamin K2: Vitamin K2 is a vitamin that is impossible to find in plant sources. Though the body is able to convert K1 into K2, it takes colossal amounts to make this happen, and thus meat (and meat products) become one of the best sources for this nutrient.K2 is essential for the growth and formation of bones. It’s believed by many leading physicians that in this vitamin can cause a host of health problems. Two of the worse are heart diseases of various kinds as well as osteoporosis. Red meat is found in high quantities in the muscles of animals who have a natural and grass fed diet.
- Red Meat Contains Vitamin B12: This is another essential vitamin that you’re unable to get from plant sources. Vitamin B12 is needed to help complete the methyl cycle. Without B12, methylation can’t occur proper and as a result conditions like Alzheimer’s, Depression, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, among others are likely to appear.Red meat in particular is one of the best sources of Vitamin B12 and it’s imperative to include either red meat or a B12 supplement to ensure you have adequate levels of this nutrient.
- Red Meat Contains Omega-3s: Touted as one of the healthiest fats on the planet, you’re not able to get the right kind of Omega-3 from plant sources. Plants that contain Omega-3 contain it as ALA (alpha linoleic acid). This form of omega-3 is very difficult for your body to process and doesn’t turn into what your body needs.That being Omega-3 DHA/EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acids) The only way to get both DHA and EPA is to eat animals who have eaten plant sources containing ALA. Since your body is unable to make the conversion effectively, it means you need to rely on meat sources to make this happen effectively.
- Red Meat Contains Full Protein: Yes, you can get protein from plant sources. But to get a full compliment of proteins that help to build your muscles and maintain proper growth patterns requires proteins high in BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids). Again, these can be found in plant sources, but that would require the ingestion of significant amounts of plant food to get what you can get from a few ounces of meat.Because of how protein dense meat is, and because how much our body really needs quality protein to function optimally, a reliance on meat is a given
In terms of red meat to eat, it’s always advisable to eat grass-fed (or wild) red- meat.
These food sources are free from GMO feeds, antibiotics and hormones, as well as containing the ideal and proper ratios for nutrient content.
If there is one thing negative to be said about red meat, and if any correlation to the consumption of meat and disease can be made, it’s because of how conventional animals are raised and how their improper nutrient levels contribute to disease
If you want to eat red meat for all of its health benefits, you can’t afford to eat a certain plant that can negatively affect your health.
To See If You’re Eating This Dangerous Plant Source CLICK HERE (caused heart attacks in New Zealand study)