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4/9/13 11:35 A


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4/9/13 11:17 A

The study you're quoting is non-longitudinal and with a very small sample size. It's enough to draw more scientific interest to the subject, but not nearly enough to start basing nutritional recommendations on. Here's the NYTimes article:

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4/9/13 11:00 A

I post this because I was just listening to this report on the Dianne Reem show about l-carnetine. Studies MAY show that l-carnetine found in red meat MAY increase heart disease in humans. Goodness gracious. Do people think they are going to be immortal if they do all of this? Hehe, just kidding.

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4/9/13 10:56 A

WedMD has a good, balanced article on the subject here:

Generally speaking, it's fine. Red meat, especially lean cuts, are just fine and a great source of iron and protein. Remember that a serving is 3 ounces, so keep that in mind when tracking. That's about the size of the palm of your hand.

I'll be honest, sticking to 3 ounces or less for me is laughable at best; if I'm going to eat red meat, I'm going to eat it, and I'll likely have two servings, because I love it. 3 would be barely a taste! Pork is also considered red meat, actually. (Who knew?)

Organic/locally slaughtered won't improve the nutrition, really, but it will reduce the amount of extra crap in it (like antibiotics and chemicals). I assure you grass fed DOES taste much better. ;) Supporting local business is almost always a better option, but that's for economic and social reasons... a pound of locally-grown, grass-fed beef will have the same amount of protein in it as a pound of commercially mass-produced stuff you get at walmart.

Opinions vary on whether or not you should eat it at all, but I see no problem with it, myself. I'm a devoted carnivore, and I love steak.

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4/9/13 10:49 A

Well, I eat red meat. I don't really pay attention to HOW MUCH, except for I usually just eat a serving size with meals. If my calories allow me to eat red meat with every meal, and that is what I want, then I would eat it. Grainfed and hormone free and locally slaughtered usually have most to do with taste and hormones so that you don't put horrible things in your body. But too much is only really too much if you aren't balancing that with anything else or are coming in over your calorie range. I mean, if you're getting good servings of fruits and veggies, then there is nothing wrong with eating it daily. Sure, it isn't necessarily as good for you as chicken or whatever, but as long as you aren't going crazy, I'm sure you are fine.

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4/9/13 10:36 A

How much red meat is considered to be within normal limits? Is it better to eat less than that? Does the quality of the meat - aka, grass fed beef, locally slaughtered, etc - mean anything?

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