Who’s Right: Is Meat Good or Bad for You?
by Adam J. Lavoie on September 6, 2016 - 9:30am
A subject on the rise in the last few years and the cause of many debates is the question of whether or not meat is good for you. Reader's Digest's expert Chris Woolston wrote an article on the matter and gathered some factual information from different reports and studies in order to bring some clarity on the topic. In his paper, he shared some results of a study done by Harvard researchers who tracked more than 121 000 adults in the United States during 28 years or so and found out that those who ate at least three ounces of red meat everyday had around 13 percent more chances of dying, from heart disease or cancer, before the end of the study. Also, the risk of early death was raised by 20 percent for those who ate processed meat such as bacon every day.
But wait, there's more. People who eat lean beef regularly get more nutriments such as vitamin B, potassium, zinc and protein than those who don't, according to a 2012 report. Furthermore, another report that came out in 2010 estimates that lean beef accounts for only 4 percent of America's total fat and around 15 percent of proteins. Carol O'Neil, PhD, professor of human nutrition and food at Louisiana State University (LSU) and co-author of both these reports, states that ''lean meat is a healthy thing.''
To conclude, the article states that red meat still has a place in a healthy diet, and that lean cuts is a better choice than processed meats when it comes to a nutritious meal.
1. Eating red meat everyday raise by 13 percent the chances of dying of a heart disease or cancer.
2. Processed meat raises the risk of early death by 20 percent.
1. People who eat lean beef regularly get more vitamin B, protein, potassium and zinc than those who don't.
2. Lean beef accounts for around 15 percent of America's protein but just 4 percent of total fat.
3. Carol O'Neil, PhD, professor of human nutrition and food at LSU, says that ''lean meat is a healthy thing.''
Therefore, red meat, even though its variants have their risks, has a place in a healthy diet, especially lean beef.
Even if both reports and the statement used by Woolston to prove the benefits of red meat come from the same expert, his conclusion on the subject has a very solid reasoning and is enough to convince me that it is possible for someone who is concerned about their health to keep on eating red meat on a regular basis.
Here's the link of Chris Woolston's article on the Reader's Digest: http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/whos-right-is-meat-good-or-bad-for-you...