Has Red Meat Received a Bad Rap?

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 10th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2stg948i/
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Has eating red meat received a bad rap over the years? Is eating red meat really as bad for us as some of the health gurus would like us to believe it is is? Can we link red meat consumption to cardiac disease and cancer? Unfortunately this is one of those cases where there are no quick, cut and dry answers. In this article we will explore what a few of the industry's experts have to tell us on the subject.

Does consuming red meat contribute to heart disease and cancer?

Heart disease is the leading cause of natural death among men and women today. In 2008, according to statistics provided by the CDC, over 600 thousand men and women in the United States died of heart disease. In 2008, more than 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. Was caused by heart disease. Every year 785 thousand Americans experience their first heart attack. Every year, another 400 thousand Americans who have already suffered a heart attack have another heart attack. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United states today. In 2009 599, 413 people in the U.S. Died of coronary disease, 567, 628 people in the U.S. Died of cancer. How many of these deaths can we lay at the doorstep of red meat?

What has cholesterol got to do with it?

Although many experts in the meat industry claim that there is no direct link between eating red meat and cancer, they cannot deny the link between eating red meats and coronary disease. Some red meats are high in saturated fat, which raises blood cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol,The “Bad Cholesterol”, increase the risk of heart disease.
A recent National Institute of Health/Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons (NIH/AARP) study involving more than 500 thousand older American, showed that those eating large amounts of red meat or processed meat for a 10-year period were more likely to succumb to cancer or cardiac disease than those eating smaller amounts. Those eating just four ounces of red or processed meats a day are more likely to die of cancer or heart disease than those eating just 0.5 ounces a day.
Janet Riley, a senior vice president of the American Meat Institute, and the spokesperson for the trade group claims that “Many of these suggestions could be nothing more than statistical noise,” at best. Many studies have found similar links. Another study that followed more than 72,000 women for 18 years found that those women who ate a Western-style diet, high in red and processed meats, desserts, refined grains, and French fries, had an increased risk of heart disease, and cancer, as well as well as death from related diseases.

The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Marji McCullough, PhD, a nutritional epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society wrote in a report to the august Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), “The association between consumption of red and processed meats and cancer, particularly colorectal cancer, is very consistent.”
After a systemic review of scientific studies, an expert panel of the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research concluded in 2007 that “red or processed meats are convincing or probable sources of some cancers.” Their report says evidence is convincing for a link between red meat, processed meat, and colorectal cancer, and limited but suggestive for links to lung, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers.

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Jul 2012 (#)

I know I feel better when I stay away from red meat. Very interesting page Jerry. Thank you.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you Steve for moderating, reading, and for commenting.

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author avatar stevetheblogger
10th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Jerry see what you mean with the formatting. As a red meat lover and one who knows that it is not 100% good for you I still take the risk which is unfortunate. Thanks for the great read enjoyed it.
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jul 2012 (#)

I love my red meat too, Steve, and need my pound or two of flesh everyday, some days even more.I know that it's not good for me, but I'm addicted. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Jul 2012 (#)

very good Jerry, thank you for this...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you for reading and commenting, Cn.

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author avatar M G Singh
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Very thought provoking. I gave up red meat years ago and am none the worse for it.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for reading and commenting, Madan. I know that eating red meats is bad for me, but at my age my days are numbered so I will spend them doing the things that make me happy, one of which is being a carnivore of the nth degree.

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author avatar chrysolite
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Nothing wrong with red meat as long as the meat is of organic origin!

BTW: Somehow my husband "looks" very much like you and he's also a big meat eater. I don't seem to need so much meat so I wanted to find out why this was. Sure enough I found a book on "blood group diet" and it stated that blood group 0 are meat eaters and the others more plant eaters etc. Too long to explain here. So I'm happy now knowing that he's blood group 0 and can digest meat without problems and I have to eat more plant food. Works perfectly and saves us the "bad conscience"!

As we all know negativity is worse than anything as it's totally indigestible!

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author avatar Ramalingam
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Very informative.Thanks.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Glad you found it interesting Ramalingam.

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author avatar chrysolite
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Very interesting article, Jerry!

I think I'm labeled by most people around me as a health guru, a sandalist and a mother earth. Yet, I do eat red meat! How come then, that I'm healthy at the age of 57 and don't suffer from the afflictions mentioned in the article?

Correct. I eat *small* quantities of red meat *occasionally* as recommended by any really healthy diet and I only eat *organically* produced meat which is very, very expensive!

We have a recipe in Germany called "Tartar" which is raw minded beef with spices and an egg yolk. That is a vitamin and protein bomb as anybody can imagine, yet, we feel great if we eat that *occasionally*.

There is no need to eat a 12 oz. steak or 5 burgers full of chemicals every day! It will make people ill. Not so much the meat, but certainly the chemicals!

It's the quantity and the quality that makes any food a healthy or unhealthy food.

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author avatar chrysolite
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Sorry for the typo, it should read ... raw minced beef ...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for reading and the detailed comment, Chrysolite. Scientific studies have shown that eating red meat and processed meats are bad for you. There is no disputing the facts. I am a great deal older than you, I will be 69 in September, and I too am as healthy as an Ox even though I do eat large quantities of red meat every day. I am as healthy as an Ox now, but that doesn't mean that the medical studies are wrong, it just means that my metabolism is such that I am better able to handle red meat and the higher cholesterol that accompanies it.

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author avatar A K Rao
11th Jul 2012 (#)

I have reduced consuming the red meat long back! I prefer fish and chicken instead! Hope they are safe? Thanks for the informative article dear Jerry!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for reading and commenting AK Rao.

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author avatar A K Rao
11th Jul 2012 (#)

You are mosr welcome dear Jerry!

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author avatar Denise O
11th Jul 2012 (#)

I am a all of the above approach kind of woman, with veggies being the biggest part of my diet, not for any reasons other than I like them, period. I think all things in moderation is key, for me. These diseases have hit all kinds of folks that have different diets or the same as the so called 'western' diet and also vegans and vegetarian so, more research has to be done before I fall off the red meat wagon. Interesting read. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
11th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for reading and the comments, Denise.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
14th Jul 2012 (#)

A remarkable article invoking some healthy debate. In South Africa red meat has become quite un-affordable to the average citizen, and only eat it a couple of times per month. Most living in these parts are pork and chicken eaters since even fish is expensive. We have version of dried beef not unlike your beef jerky which we call biltong which is simply sun-dried strips of rump steak lightly spiced with ground coriander, I could "kill" for chunk of it right now Thank you for sharing Jerry.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
14th Jul 2012 (#)

You would have to mention "Beef Jerky". I love beef jerky both as a trail food and as a snack when I'm watching late night TV.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Tranquilpen.

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