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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

All red meat is not created equal -- Yes, it can be part of a heart healthy diet

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, contributing to more than 22,000 deaths each day. While these statistics may seem alarming, what’s more shocking is that very few at-risk patients actually follow a heart-healthy diet as advised by the American Heart Association. While genetics certainly play a role, lifestyle can have a significant impact on cardiovascular health. But, when it comes to diet and heart disease prevention, the role of red meat is often debated, leaving patients confused and concerned. In the last several years, there has been a growing body of evidence showing lean beef’s positive role in a heart-healthy diet.

Most of us already know that our cholesterol levels play a significant role in determining risk for heart disease. Increased levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Studies show that particular types of saturated fats can further increase bad cholesterol levels. As a result of these findings, many leading health organizations recommend reducing saturated fat in the diet. This is commonly interpreted in vague, general statements such as “reduce intake of red meat” or “eat less beef” without taking into consideration the role oflean red meat. In short, not all red meat is created equal. For example, did you know that half of the fatty acids in a serving of beef are heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fatty acids, the same type of fat found in olive oil? Moreover, nearly one-third of the saturated fat in beef is stearic acid, a fatty acid that has been shown to have neutral effects on cholesterol levels.

According to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, lean beef, which has less than 10 grams of total fat and 4.5 grams or fewer of saturated fat per 3.5-ounce serving, can fit in a heart-healthy dietary pattern. In addition, the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is one of the premier heart-healthy diets recommended by health professionals today. This diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein, has been extensively studied in both observational as well as clinical trials and recommends up to six ounces of lean meat, including lean red meat, poultry or eggs, every day.



Anonymous said...

I prefer dark meat chicken. It's so much juicier and flavorful.

Anonymous said...

I order the 50% lean at Denny's and don't worry about it

Anonymous said...

Eat seafood....steamed crabs, shrimp, oysters, fish and FRIED chicken the main staples of life on the good ole Eastern Shore....DELMARVELOUS!!!

Anonymous said...

The only diet proven again and again as a effective tool against heart disease is a plant based diet. Google plant based diet and heart disease. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!! Never in the history of the world have we become so dependent on beef, pork, chicken, seafood and diary as every day staples. My grandparents were lucky to have meat once a week - when they had company, they would be another sweet potato on - not a rack of ribs. My grandmother had a garden and made her own bread. Now please do not tell me that most of you out there do not remember growing up knowing and witnessing the same thing I just described.

cracktherack said...

I remember growing up this way also. Only difference is we had pork beef chicken seafood and dairy on the table

Anonymous said...

sugar is a bigger problem.

Anonymous said...

1:27. Ditto

Anonymous said...

I agree.
Netflix movie: What the Health

Excellent documentary

Anonymous said...

Someone explain why we have incisors and canines.