Raw diet guru, Dr. Joseph Mercola, takes some contrary nutritional positions from time to time. So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when he wrote a detailed post defending the nutritional value of red meat today.
If you have been following diet news at all lately, you would have noticed dozens of articles noting how eating red meat increases your cancer risks. But the news about red meat isn’t all bad.
For example, I was told to eat at least three servings of red meat each week by my Naturopathic M.D. to help keep my bone marrow strong in the face of my ongoing chemotherapy.
Dr. Mercola has pushed exotic meats like ostrich in the past. But the oddest thing about his recommendations are to eat it raw!
One thing about Dr. Mercola: When he supports a position he provides extensive content to back-it-up. Take a peek at a few excerpts from today’s article and see what you think:
Can Red Meat be Part of a Healthy Diet?
And despite being profoundly flawed, the study was written up by a number of media outlets, such as The New York Times and CNN Health; their headlines warning that red meat will send you into an early grave.
Among many other problems, the nutrition data for the study was collected via food questionnaires, meaning people had to recall what they’d eaten in the past.
Needless to say, this doesn’t make for great accuracy…
Why I Only Recommend Eating Organic Grass-Fed Animals
The natural diet for ruminant animals, such as cattle, is grass. When left to feed on grass-only diets, levels of conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA are three to five times more than those fed grain-based diets. And that’s just for starters. A joint effort between the USDA and Clemson University researchers in 2009 determined a total of 10 key areas where grass-fed beef is better than grain-fed for human health…
…As for processed meat, I am firmly convinced they do increase risk of disease and should NEVER be consumed. That’s also the conclusion reached by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) after reviewing more than 7,000 clinical studies examining the connection between diet and cancer.
Processed meats are those preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or the addition of chemical preservatives. This includes bacon, ham, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, hot dogs, some sausages and hamburgers (if they have been preserved with salt or chemical additives) and more. Particularly problematic are the nitrates that are added to these meats as a preservative, coloring and flavoring. The nitrates found in processed meats are frequently converted into nitrosamines, which are clearly associated with an increased risk of certain cancers. The latest research from WCRF is only the most recent of a slew of evidence linking processed meats to cancer.
You can access the complete article by CLICKING HERE.
Moderation people! Why not include grass fed beef or bison as part of a well rounded, high protein diet?
But remember: Also avoid charred or burned foods, since they become a proven carcinogen.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat