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4 Ways That Animal Fats & Proteins Were Championed This Week

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Red meat and dairy have been in the news this week. Here is a roundup of the positive stories circulating on social media.

Red meat and dairy products have been demonized for quite some time by certain nutritionists, the media and USDA’s food guidelines. However, consumer perceptions of animal proteins and fats seem to be slowly shifting. Here are four positive stories on meat and dairy that made the news this week that lead me to believe that perceptions are trending in our favor.

1. White House chef quits for his love of butter, cream and eggs.

According to the Washington Times, “Michelle Obama may have pushed the White House pastry chef a bit too far with her constant requests to replace fatty foods like cream and butter with lower-calorie options.

“Bill Yosses, who was hired in 2007 under the George Bush administration, has announced he’s leaving his position in June and heading to the private sector in New York to teach people some healthy eating tactics. While he admits part of his healthy eating influence came right from Mrs. Obama, he’s not fully prepared to give up old-timey type ingredients that she’s deemed a threat.

“I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,” Yosses says.

 

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2. Do saturated fats really cause heart disease? One study says no.

Fox News reports, “The types of fat people get in their diet may not be as closely related to their risk of heart disease as previously believed, a new review of past studies suggests. Guidelines from the U.S. federal government and recommendations from the American Heart Association call for increased consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and lower consumption of saturated fats.

“But researchers found people's risk of heart disease varied little based on how much of those fats they ate. Most saturated fats in the American diet come from foods of animal origin, including red meat and high-fat dairy products.

“The authors of the new review say uncertainties in evidence have led to considerable variation in international guidelines on fat intake. They also say the use of self-reported diet information may have resulted in problems classifying the different fatty acids that people eat.

“The study found that none of the types of saturated or polyunsaturated fats had a significant impact on heart disease risk. However, consumption of trans fat – found in some processed foods and some forms of stick margarine – was tied to a 16% increase in risk. Guidelines call for avoiding trans fats altogether.”

3. “Um, Actually, Eating Meat Isn't Even Remotely As Bad As Smoking,” writes Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution for OutsideOnline.com.

In the article, Wolf says, “Unless you've been on an extended spring break, on an extremely remote beach, you've no doubt caught wind of the recent headline that spread faster than the smell of good BBQ: Eating meat and cheese is as deadly as smoking. Vegans rejoiced at the vindication of tofu (according to the study, protein from plant sources was ‘non-harmful’). In the carnivore camp, meat-eaters shook their collective fists, while rational, health-conscious folks who take neither side simply wound up confused, and—rightfully—worried. What's the deal? Is a meat-and-cheese plate really as bad for you as a pack of Marlboro Reds?

“It’s my position that animal protein is a vital part of the human diet. In my work, the science appears quite clear: Not only is meat intake not bad for you, it can, in fact, be quite healthy when managed correctly.

“All that said, keep in mind that the vast majority of our health and nutrition stories these days tend to come from epidemiological research that is at best correlation, not causation. No wonder they've come up with a saying about how research now tends to fall into three categories: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.”

4. Eat a steak to increase iron levels.

In a recent article, “10 Signs You Have An Iron Deficiency,” Women’s Health magazine tells health-conscious readers, “If you spot these telltale symptoms, get yourself a spinach and steak salad, stat!”

Here is a recipe for a crisp and refreshing steak salad that appears on Muscle & Fitness Hers online: Steak Salad with Arugula, Caramelized Onion and Parmesan.

 

 

Recipe creators Kelly Wangard and Jim Stoppani write, “Here is a simple and delicious physique-friendly recipe to get you reacquainted with your soon-to-be-favorite source of protein! Red meat is a rich source of heme iron, the type found in animal products and which is the most bio-available to the human body. According to research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, up to 46 % of female athletes between the ages 18-41 are iron-deficient.”

What do you think about these recent stories about red meat and dairy? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and be sure to repost this blog on your social media sites to help spread the good news! Thanks for your help and participation!

 

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Discuss this Blog Entry 7

Jose Varela (not verified)
on Mar 20, 2014

For every good article about beef or dairy products there seems to be others who speak about the dangers of eating them. Has anyone heard Sanjay Gupta on the radio lately? He's one of our detractors.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 20, 2014

Tell the president and his other 1/2. Them two are bad for the cattlemen and talk before they get the facts. Thanks

on Mar 20, 2014

Great Article and the Beef Salad recipe is perfect on this first day of Spring -- Bring on the sunshine and beef salads!

TexasLadyinCA (not verified)
on Mar 20, 2014

I have not listened much to science claims that red meat is bad for a person. I grew up on it, and for the most part, I am pretty healthy. However, I have often thought I would rather die younger eating the things I love than to die older and eat tofu and all the stuff I don't really enjoy all my life. I concluded that dying too old has its consequences--nursing home, medicated with loads of medicines daily, mind going, and many other not so pretty things. But then I started going to animal auctions, and I started looking at the men who buy cattle still in their 90s!!!! I decided eating red meat couldn't be that bad for a person. I heard one of them, who I was told was over 90, tell another man, "Oh yeah, I eat red meat. But my wife served me fish last night. She says it's good for me. I guess so" but he preferred having steak! So what I see is that lots of very old people that are still walking around and working have been big red meat eaters all their lives. More than a share of these cattle men are using canes, so I'm not sure that the life is completely safe, but I think I'll go with proof of longevity rather than science's latest discovery.

Jordan (not verified)
on Mar 20, 2014

Always to see Robb Wolf get credit for the work he does. He takes a very objective, science literate approach to human health and isn't afraid to rethink things he's said previously or admit he was wrong. I listen to that guy's podcast and it's incredible the sort of health improvements one can experience when they follow his advice.

John R. Dykers, Jr (not verified)
on Mar 20, 2014

Steak does not have to be fat to be good. Young and lean and tender and seasoned well! Grow calf fast, feed it well with grain and grass for fewer days at home, avoid shipping wt loss and death and commingling diseases, process it younger and leaner and pocket the profit. Remember fat is expensive to put on the calf and is cheap waste in the trim at the packing plant.

W.E. (not verified)
on Mar 21, 2014

Amanda, if you want even more vindication for red meat as part of a healthy diet, consult sources beyond FOX news. The extensive decade-long global research projects and photographs of Dr. Weston A. Price among healthy native peoples concluded that modern diets excluding meat and natural fats (and substituting manmade things like transfats) are detrimental to human health and development. We need those fats and proteins, especially growing children, to develop healthy brains and bodies.
After water, psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen (the brain doctor), lists lean high quality meat as the most important food for a healthy brain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWtNjnwGIL8
Since you struggle with celiac disease, you might be particularly interested in the work of neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter. Grain Brain, his #1 New York Times bestselling book, discusses what he calls "our body’s silent killers: wheat, carbohydrates and sugar." Dr. Perlmutter "overturns many of the assumptions we’ve made about nutrition for the past few decades, and shares with you the science that backs up his findings" in a recent special on PBS. According to San Diego State’s KPBS website, Permutter claims, “carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.” Including celiac disease, a disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to the gluten found in most cereal grains, which interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
You might want to investigate another advocate for balanced eating, Dr. Joseph Mercola, who is a somewhat controversial Illinois-based osteopathic physician. According to Wikipedia, “Mercola advocates a diet consisting mostly of unprocessed foods. He sees value in paleolithic diets and advocates metabolic typing…. He has also been an advocate of increasing the consumption of Omega-3 fats and of strategies to greatly increase blood levels of Vitamin D3,” both of which are plentiful in grass-finished beef. On his website, Mercola states, "Most people are seriously confused about their cholesterol levels. This is because too much emphasis is placed on the importance of the total cholesterol. A far more important predictor of cardiovascular risk is actually the ratio of good cholesterol (HDL) to total cholesterol, along with the ratio of triglycerides to HDL." Certain fatty acids contained in the fat of grassfed beef actually improve the ratio of good cholesterol to total cholesterol. Mercola continues: "A major clue that something is very off with the notion that high cholesterol causes heart disease can be found in this: even as cholesterol levels have become lower, rates of heart disease deaths have not followed suit! The truth is, your body NEEDS cholesterol—it is important in the production of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital to your neurological function."
And since you are getting ready to have a child, you might also want to consult the advice of Dr. Mayer Eisenstein.
Look deeper, of course, and you will see that the kind of beef these doctors advocate is also important. All of them advocate grass-finished (not just partially grass-fed) beef. None advocate grain-finished beef, which loses its store of healthful CLA, Omega 3s, vitamin E and beta carotene the more grain it consumes.

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