Like many people, I love steak, cheeseburgers, and tacos. In my opinion, the more red meat, the better it is. I will probably have some kind of meat in the near future. I have ground meat in my freezer right now.
However, in reality, red meat is not good for you, and can even shorten your lifespan. Red meat has a lot of cholesterol, saturated fat, and iron that it delivers to your system. There can be a lot of sodium in processed red meat such as hot dogs. While possible, it’s still inconclusive whether there is a link between red meat and diabetes and heart disease. However, with the study done at Harvard School of Public Health, there does seem to be a link between processed and unprocessed red meat and the risk for a shortened lifespan.
While this seems scary, people who eat more than 3 servings of red meat per week usually feel the impacts. There are always other factors as well, such as preexisting conditions and the overall health of the person.
Of course, there are some precautions that you can do to tweak your diet. The first thing would be to obviously cut back on your red meat intake. One or two servings of three ounces of red meat per week are all that you should be eating. More than that is considered too much.
Also, as recommended by Health.Harvard.com, you should try to gear your diet towards the Mediterranean way of eating. Here are some ways to go Mediterranean:
• Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds every day; they should make up the lion’s share of foods.
• Fat, much of it from olive oil, may account for up to 40% of daily calories.
• Small portions of cheese or yogurt are usually eaten each day, along with a serving of fish, poultry, or eggs.
• Red meat makes an appearance now and then.
• Small amounts of red wine are typically taken with meals.
Red meat is good in moderation. If you over do it, it’s just not good for you, and you should keep that in mind when deciding between the cheeseburger or grilled chicken sandwich.