I just read something very interesting in my local news paper! Scientists have found that red and processed meat actually has virtually no effect on cardiovascular diseases! Yay! For years health ‘experts’ have been chanting the same thing over and over again, don’t eat red meat because it is bad for your heart. Well, not any longer!
Of course I am definitely not saying that you should run out and indulge in red meat everyday of the week. Everything in moderation as I always say, having a steak once or even twice in a week isn’t what is going to have the negative effect on your health. Some things to keep in mind however is salt and sugar.
Lots of red meat and processed meats are extremely seasoned with salt and then partnered with a sauce that nine times out of ten contains tablespoons of sugar. Stay on top of what you season your meat with and you should be just fine as meat actually contains healthy proteins and B-vitamins that are essential for living a happy and healthy life.
The article mentioned that a high number of vegans and vegetarians have chosen this diet lifestyle not for the green house effect that the meat industry has on the environment but for health reasons. I have mentioned before that Anne Hathaway was actually vegan for a long period of time, helping her slim down for her characters, and because she thought it was the healthiest option for her. One day she decided to try some salmon and bing bang boom she felt better than she had in years. Now she has included meat back into her diet as it helps her feel great and energetic.
I think changing your entire lifestyle to help the planet is an admirable and almost selfless act and I cannot imagine how hard it would be for someone like myself who loves eating meat to even attempt to do this. I feel this way partially because meat has been a part of me my entire life but also because the zero carb diet is what works best for me. I suppose I would be able to get away with deep green vegetables like spinach dressed in lemon juice, but I cannot imagine being able to keep up a diet that adheres to my bodies lack of ability to process carbs and the nutritional needs that are not entirely supplied by leaves.
I am ecstatic that red meat has been cleared of its label as the bad guy of all meats, but I will not increase my consumption of it. Instead, I will allow myself to not worry about the effect it has on my health, decreasing the stress I feel towards eating it. There in lies the real health benefit, vitamin B and less stress. Win!
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