If you’re of a certain age, it feels like it happened overnight. It was as if someone flipped a switch and red meat went from the ultimate symbol of health, hardiness, and virility to a full-on nasty supervillain.
And for the last few decades, we’ve been warned, lectured, and nagged if we dared to admit a love for this now forbidden food. “Put down that pork chop! Step away from that steak! Ditch the red meat, or you’ll DIE!”
And you know what? It worked. Millions of folks fell in line believing that bull. Or they simply got tired of battling it out with their spouses and swore off the stuff.
Well, my friend, I hope you weren’t one of them. Because new research confirms what I’ve been telling you all along.
People who quit or cut WAY back on delicious, fresh, natural red meat aren’t JUST missing out on the great taste of these beloved favorites. They’re missing out on some INCREDIBLE health benefits, too.
In fact, rather than hurt you, the new study finds that fresh red meat can actually help protect you from one of the diseases we all fear most as we age: dementia.
And if you get what you need each day… whether it’s some steak, a roast, pork chops, or any other fresh red meat… your risk of this devastating condition could plunge by a fifth.
Processed red meat is brain poison
The study is being hailed as one of the most comprehensive ever. It’s the first large-scale, long-term look at not just food and dementia risk but at specific types and amounts across an extended period.
In other words, the meat-hating mainstreamers are going to have a really tough time dismissing this one.
The researchers found, exactly as you’d expect, that junky processed meats are INDEED bad for you. Even small amounts of processed meats – like lunch meats and fast food – could send your risk of dementia soaring by 44 percent.
But the problem, as I’ve explained before, isn’t the meat itself. It’s the way it’s raised and then what the food industry’s mad scientists do to it after that.
It starts with the factory farms fattening the animals up with grains, hormones, and drugs. Then during processing, more chemicals and additives get dumped into the mix, including preservatives, coloring, flavoring agents, and stabilizers.
You know, it’s all the garbage you can’t even pronounce when you see it on the label. And it’s essentially poisoning your body and brain.
Drive down dementia risk with meat power
But the study didn’t end there. Because although it’s missing from most of the headlines, the research also revealed the brain BENEFITS of red meat.
The study ALSO included folks who ate almost no processed meat. Instead, they enjoyed natural red meat – the real stuff, purchased raw and cooked to perfection at home.
Like a medium-rare steak fresh off the grill… a pork loin roasted in garlic and herbs…. or a lamb chop seared in white wine.
But those “forbidden” favorites that are supposed to be bad for you didn’t raise the risk, according to the new research. In fact, just the opposite happened. The participant’s dementia risk PLUNGED.
Regularly enjoying red meat – and avoiding ALL processed meats – appeared to cut the risk of dementia by 19 percent. So don’t let them fool you. And don’t be intimidated by the scare tactics.
Fresh, grass-fed, organic, red meat is not the enemy. It never was. The super processed junk is the TRUE villain.
In fact, the research shows eating even a small amount of the processed junk, a little over 5 ounces a week, raises your risk of heart disease and early death. While a moderate amount of unprocessed red meat, around 9 ounces a week, has no negative cardiovascular effects.
You know what that means, right? Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to go ahead and light up the grill again. Because all your favorites are back on the menu.
But that’s not the only red meat myth that’s been busted by science. All that yammering about how it’ll raise your cholesterol? That’s a hunk of bunk too.