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Does red meat have a bad rap and could it actually be part of a healthy diet? The Doctors discuss how much red and processed meat you should be eating and whether it is linked to cancer, heart disease, and other serious health concerns.
New guidelines from Annals of Internal Medicine challenge previous data that found red meat could increase someone's risk for a slew of possible diseases and health concerns and cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn, True Health Initiative founder Dr. David L Katz, and osteopath Dr. Gabrielle Lyon discuss.
Dr. Katz says he feels the new meat study and analysis is flawed and notes the data showed higher rates of health concerns in people who ate meat, as previous studies had also found, but this particular study applied a scoring metric that claimed the data was weak. He contends the data still shows that red and processed meat can possibly lead to health problems and a possible higher rate of premature death.
Dr. Lyon, who supports an "optimal protein diet," says in her practice she sees patients do their best when they consume red meat. She suggests patients eat a minimum of 90 grams of proteins each day, which she says helps to maintain muscle tissue and is most effective when derived from animal proteins. She contends animal protein is different than plant protein, something Dr. Katz disagrees with. She also stresses that she prefers her patients to eat whole foods and avoid processed foods in general, along with managing their calorie and carbohydrate intake.
Dr. Kahn, who is vegan, feels not eating meat and getting protein from plants is both "sustainable and optimal." He notes there is a 14 percent drop in death from heart disease when red meat intake is reduced, which translates into 300 fewer American deaths each year
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork feels Americans are not lacking in their protein intake, but feels we are not getting enough fiber in our daily diets, which can be found in plant-based proteins.
So is there a happy medium and a way for the average person to optimize their diet and still eat meat on occasion? Dr. Katz says when you look at the best diets from around the world, they include eating mostly plants and less meat as a general rule.
*As always speak with your physician before making any drastic changes to your diet.