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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hey Sparkers!

Here's a little science to spice up your day! It's a study out of Harvard concerning your red meat consumption.

“This study provides clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death,” said senior author Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health."

Eat wisely, Sparkers.

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    Since I've made the switch over to veganism, my husband has been eating less and less red meat and that makes me so happy! Thanks for sharing, Pat
    1768 days ago
    ... or the fish industry!
    1779 days ago
    "Who funded the study, I wonder.... "

    BETHS60, I would bet it was the poultry farming industry.

    1779 days ago
    A couple of things that I find interesting in this study are that women apparently consume more red meat than men do, and that they feel that heme iron and iron overload is part of what creates the risk factor in red meat consumption. Considering that women are statistically more likely to be low in iron, this seems to be quite a contradiction. As someone who has iron infusions due to chronically low iron, this is definitely a correlation that I will be looking in to further!

    As for the quantity, all of their analyses are based on averages, so not on single-day consumption. From how I read it, they're looking at a recommendation of no more than 3 to 4 servings of red meat each week (depending if you're going with 3 oz or 4 oz servings) for a max of 11.5 oz per week, with the rest of the protein requirements being met with low fat dairy, poultry, fish, legumes, and nuts. This seems to be pretty much in line with the standard dietary recommendations these days.

    Thanks for the find, and for giving me something to think on this morning!
    1779 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!

    1779 days ago
  • BETHS60
    Anyone surprised by this?

    Who funded the study, I wonder....
    1779 days ago
    But that's the thing Pickie98, the study showed that moderation doesn't work. The recommended daily serving for red meat was 3 oz, or the size of a deck of cards. This study, carried out over the course of years, showed that they can't recommend more than half that amount. So, 1.5 oz per day at most!

    I can't even conceive of what 1.5 oz of meat looks like. It should also be noted, they did not say "beef." They studied "red meat." So, venison would be lumped into that category.
    1779 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Venison is our friend.
    Everything in moderation.
    1779 days ago
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