The scrumptious burgers and steaks adored by meat lovers across the globe will not necessarily kill them, according to researchers at Purdue University.
“We found that consuming more than half a serving per day of red meat, which is equivalent to a 3-ounce serving three times per week, did not worsen blood pressure and blood total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglyceride concentrations, which are commonly screened by health care providers,” researcher Lauren O’Connor, a doctoral student, revealed in a statement published last week.
What, though, does this mean for meat lovers?
“During the last 20 years, there have been recommendations to eat less red meat as part of a healthier diet, but our research supports that red meat can be incorporated into a healthier diet,” Prof. Wayne Campbell explained. “Red meat is a nutrient-rich food, not only as a source for protein but also bio-available iron.”
It means essentially that eating a moderate amount of red meat alongside other nutritious foods — vegetables, fruits, grains, etc. — can actually be beneficial.
There was just one problem: The results of this study did not coincide with the results of other studies, which as noted by Newsmax have determined that “red meat consumption is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.”
The Purdue researchers were aware of this discrepancy, however, and had a fair rebuttal, which was that while previous studies had linked red meat to cardiovascular disease, they had not proven that red meat actually caused cardiovascular disease.
That said, Campbell acknowledged that more research was still needed, noting also that blood pressure and cholesterol were not the only determinants of cardiovascular disease.
“Comparable research is needed to assess other health-risk factors from clinical trials, including inflammation and blood glucose control,” he said.
Fair enough. Keep in mind that new studies constantly appear, which is why the notion of “settled science” is rather misleading. For instance, it was once “settled science” that the earth was flat. Likewise, it has become “settled science” that red meat is harmful and global warming is real. As the work of Purdue’s researchers demonstrated, however, the former is not necessarily true.
And you know what we think about the latter.
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