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Why Red Meat Won’t Kill You

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Recent headlines are filled with proclamations that ‘Meat Kills!’ Nothing sells newspapers like the old chestnuts – meat kills!, saturated fat is bad! Let’s take a quick look at this most recent study see if we can draw some conclusions. The study was called ‘Association of Animal and Plant Protein Intake with All-Cause and Cause-Specfic Mortality‘, and published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

This took data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, a large prospective cohort. This means they followed 131 342 patients over decades, asking them what they ate. Some of them will die or develop other illnesses and then they look at the database collected to see if there are any associations. You can’t make any inference of causality, but many people do anyway. Why not? Continue Reading →

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Oh No! A Bacon Shortage in the US. What Are We Going to Eat for Breakfast Now?

This is of course not a real disaster, but a bacon shortage in the US sure speaks for itself. Bacon is back:

According to the last article there’s zero risk of the US completely running out of bacon. But prices are up, and bacon production will be higher than ever, to be able to meet the rising demand.

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The French Secrets to Staying Slim

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How do the French stay so effortlessly lean?

According to this article there are five secrets. The first two are no snacking between meals, and plenty of red meat.

Mail Online: Revealed: How French Women Stay Slim Without Even Trying (And It’s a Lot Easier Than You Think)

The other “secrets” are also mostly good advice, like eating real, home-cooked food with your family and friends, and avoid fast foods like the plague.

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New Meta-Analysis: Meat Intake Does NOT Appear to Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Humans have been eating meat for millions of years, and so we should be well adapted to it. Nevertheless, some people still believe the somewhat absurd theory that eating meat can produce diseases like heart disease.

The flimsy scientific support for this idea is mostly based on selected observational studies (i.e. statistics), that are unable to prove cause and effect. And even these weak studies are highly conflicting. For example it’s been shown that – adding all studies together – people in Asia who eat more meat get significantly less heart disease, a finding clearly incompatible with the theory.

Now the first, to my knowledge, meta-analysis of higher-quality studies (RCTs) has been published. It finds zero evidence for any negative effects of meat on risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol.

AJCN: Total Red Meat Intake of ≥0.5 Servings/d Does not Negatively Influence Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: A Systemically Searched Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

I’m not surprised. Still, this should kill the bizarre idea that humans could get sick from eating real food like meat.

Brink on the juicy steaks. Especially from grass-fed animals, to make the meat good for the climate too.

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Is Red Meat Really the Problem?


4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars81%4 stars14%3 stars4%2 stars0%1 star0%69 ratings1,528 views Audio onlyIs red meat bad for the environment? Or could it play a positive role in reaching sustainability?

In this talk from the Low Carb USA conference, Dr. Ballerstedt debunks many myths about ruminants – and shows how they are part of the solution.

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Grass-Based Health and the Ruminant Revolution


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In this talk from the Low Carb USA conference, Dr. Ballerstedt debunks many myths about ruminants – and shows how they are part of the solution.

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Can Red Meat Be a Part of the Solution?

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Is red meat bad for the environment? Or could it play a positive role in reaching sustainability?

In this talk from the Low Carb USA conference, Dr. Ballerstedt debunks many myths about ruminants – and shows how they can be a part of the solution.

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Grass-Based Health and the Ruminant Revolution – Dr. Peter Ballerstedt

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Chinese Dietary Guidelines – Cut Meat Consumption by 50%

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New Chinese dietary guidelines where just released, recommending citizens to cut their meat consumption in half. The Chinese government hopes to achieve a dramatic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions as well as obesity and diabetes rates by doing this.

The Guardian: China’s plan to cut meat consumption by 50% cheered by climate campaigners

This is problematic for two reasons. First, meat does not cause diabetes or obesity. If the Chinese start cutting this out from their diet, they’ll eat something else for compensation. And that will most likely be carbohydrates, which will only exacerbate problems of diabetes and overweight.

As China already has one of the most catastrophic diabetes epidemics in the world, that’s rapidly getting worse, it’s unfortunately easy to imagine a total disaster coming up. Continue Reading →

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The Secret Diet of the Fittest Senior Citizen on the Planet

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Charles Eugster holds world records at a number of sprint distances… and he’s 96 years old! He may be the “fittest senior citizen on the planet”.

When he’s not sprinting he’s also a “body-builder, a public speaker, a writer, a rower, a wakeboarder, an entrepreneur, and a budding fashion designer, planning his own line in elderly couture.”

Pretty incredible! So what does he eat to stay in shape?

I avoid sugar and eat lots of meat, especially fat. I’ve been on a fat trip lately. Fat! Piles of fat. Yet, I was in a supermarket the other day and was perplexed to find yogurt with zero fat. What on earth is that? The idea of the nutrition pyramid where, at the top, is a little fat and meat, and at the bottom a lot of carbohydrates, is, excuse me, bullshit. Humans are so unbelievably stupid that we have begun to tinker with food. Our theories of nutrition have resulted in a pandemic of obesity. Can you imagine a hunter-gatherer enjoying a low-fat yogurt? Let me tell you this, too: I read a report recently which said that a fatty diet also increases your libido.

He’s clearly not just in good shape, he’s smart too. The whole article about him is an amazing read:

Vice: The Healthiest Old Person on the Planet Explains How to Stay in Shape

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What Happens if You Eat Nothing But Bacon for 30 Days Straight?

Here’s a crazy idea: What would happen if you only ate bacon for 30 days?

Or, perhaps, it’s not that crazy. Dan Quibell tried it and enjoyed it… and even lost 20 pounds:

Ketogasm: What Happens When You Eat Nothing But Bacon for 30 Days Straight?

Now there’s an active Facebook group with 3,000 members dedicated to discussing the Bacon experiment and trying it themselves.

Facebook: The Bacon Experiment

Obviously eating nothing but bacon results in an extremely low carb, ketogenic diet. It should result in significant loss of excess weight, without weighing or counting. And if you’re crazy enough it should be fine to try it for a month.

Note: If you are on diabetes medication, especially insulin, you’ll have to adapt (lower) the doses so discuss it with your doctor first.

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