Every time I turn on the TV, I want to throw my shoe at it.
It’s not just that the news is always bad, and everyone is endlessly negative. It’s that the so-called experts are often ridiculously WRONG when it comes to some of the most basic health advice of all.
One of the best examples is the treatment of their favorite mealtime villain: BEEF.
They insist everyone must slash the red meat in their diet. Or eliminate it altogether.
They claim ditching the beef is the best move for the planet AND your health. And swear that even small amounts of red meat in the diet can be absolutely deadly.
But new research reveals the truth. A reasonable amount of red meat won’t hurt your heart health. In fact, it just might help SAVE you, too.
How red meat could HELP your heart
The grudge against beef, of course, is that age-old argument that red meat will send your cholesterol levels skyrocketing. But the new study FINALLY puts that old myth to bed for good.
Because researchers didn’t just test red meat alone. They added it to one of the world’s healthiest diets there is: the Mediterranean lifestyle.
The Mediterranean diet is rich in natural fruits and veggies but typically contains very little red meat. Studies have proven this style of eating can help cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Folks who choose to eat Mediterranean are known for their astounding longevity. If beef were such bad news, it would RUIN this fantastic track record, right? Well, that’s NOT what happened.
The new study tested adding three different amounts of lean red meat to volunteer’s daily diets…
- 5 ounces
- 5 ounces
- 5 ounces
The addition of red meat didn’t hurt folk’s cholesterol or heart health. In fact, the dieters saw IMPROVEMENTS.
Cholesterol levels IMPROVED with red meat diets
All three versions of the beef-modified diet led to lower LDL cholesterol levels compared to a typical U.S. diet. While the most significant benefits were seen in the participants who were eating either 0.5 ounces or 2.5 ounces of lean meat a day.
Volunteers also had improvements in the much more critical marker of LDL particle size. (Click here to learn the shocking TRUTH about cholesterol that even your doc may not know.)
Plus, all three versions of the diet… even the one with 5 ounces of red meat a day, or 10 TIMES the “limit” on a standard Mediterranean diet… led to improvements in both non-HDL cholesterol and the apoB protein that’s considered a key marker of cardiovascular risk.
But it’s not just lean beef that makes these variations on this classic diet winners. Volunteers also got to chow down on olive oil, three to six servings a day of fruit, and six or more servings a day of fresh vegetables.
In other words, there was plenty of room for variety to fight off that ancient destroyer of diets… boredom. Plus, a lot of opportunities to fill up the belly until fully satisfied. In fact, it’s one of the few diets that you’ll seldom find yourself feeling hungry on.
Telling the TRUTH about saturated fats
Of course, the mainstream would still warn against fatty red meats. But even in that case, the risks are overblown.
The real danger isn’t the saturated fats in beef but what usually accompanies them on the dinner plate. And that, of course, is often empty carbs, including breads, buns, or some forms of potato.
So go ahead and quit those empty calories and avoid the processed stuff. Instead, stick to plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a satisfying serving of lean red meat when you like. That way, you can enjoy the best of all worlds when it comes to your diet.
And you’ll never have to ask, “where’s the beef?”