Saturated Fat in Red Meat Is Bad?
Sent by JUDY CHO | January 31, 2021
Recently, I talked about the updated USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for 2020–2025.
One of the foods they recommend to limit is foods with saturated foods. Well, that means no more eggs, red meat and butter.
Red meat is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. Why do we villainize red meat?
Red Meat Misinformation
We’ve come to believe that red meat with its abundance of saturated fats is a risk factor for heart health. We’ve also come to believe that cows are ruining the climate. I talk about both in detail in my book, Carnivore Cure but let’s touch a little on this so you can fully enjoy eating red meat.
Red meat and heart disease
One of the main reasons we have come to believe that saturated fats cause cardiovascular disease was because of the Seven Countries Study by Ancel Keys, a Minnesota physiologist. He demonstrated that the countries that ate the most saturated fats had the highest rates of heart disease.
Funny, because the original study had 22 countries. He chose to exclude countries like France and Norway, which ate lots of saturated fats but did not have high rates of heart disease. He also decided to exclude countries like Chile, which ate minimal saturated fats but had higher rates of heart disease.
Needless to say, this began the anti-red meat era. Without getting into too much detail, heart disease barely existed 100 years ago. Now heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.
But we are eating less red meat.
If the human body was supposed to hate saturated fats, why is the brain 60% cholesterol? Yes, the primary, preferred fuel source for the brain is fats (like in red meat).
Red meat and the environment
In terms, In terms of global climate footprint, 14% is due to greenhouse gases but almost 80% of that is from developing countries that use old agriculture techniques. In the US, electricity production is 28% of total emissions, transportation — 28%, and industry — 22%.
All of the agriculture accounts for a total of 9% and all of the animal agriculture contributes 3.9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. So if all Americans ate plant-based and we got rid of all the animals, the greenhouse effect would save globally, less than 0.5%.
But it’s the cows?
We are also not equipped to have the entire U.S. population consume an all-plant diet. We would also become deficient in the essential nutritional requirements.
Let’s stop villainizing red meat when it is critical to optimal health. I discuss in much more detail about red meat, butter, eggs and nutrient density in Carnivore Cure.
While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner and provide nutritional support, I am not providing medical advice. Any information provided in regards to nutritional therapy should not be considered medical advice or treatment. Always consult your primary care physician or medical team.
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