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Viewpoint: Eating red meat won’t harm you or destroy the environment, and it has some nutritional advantages

| | November 11, 2019

We’ve all been steak-shamed before …. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, red meat consumption has fallen more than 24% since 1976. During that time, study after study has attempted to tie red meat to a laundry list of health problems.

Until now.

Three studies published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine did something too few papers do: Ask whether the previous studies had any meat on their bones.

The researchers who wrote the report analyzed 61 past studies consisting of over 4 million participants to see whether red meat affected the risk of developing heart disease and cancer …. Decreasing red meat consumption had little to no effect on reducing risk of heart disease, cancer or stroke.

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Plant-based meat might enjoy the perception of being healthier, but that perception is far from reality. A lean beef burger has an average of nearly 20% fewer calories and 80% less sodium than the two most popular fake-meat burgers, the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger.

It’s not just the flawed health claims about red meat that deserve a second look …. [E]ven if everyone in America went vegan overnight, total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the United States would only be reduced 2.6%.

Read full, original article: Let them eat steak: Hold the shame, red meat is not bad for you or climate change

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