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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 stars85%4 stars9%3 stars4%2 stars0%1 star0%61 ratings1,331 viewsIs 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 – Dr. Peter Ballerstedt

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Grass-Based Health and the Ruminant Revolution


4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars85%4 stars9%3 stars4%2 stars0%1 star0%61 ratings1,331 viewsIs red meat really that 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 – Dr. Peter Ballerstedt

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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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Low Carb and How We Are Winning the Fight Against Climate Change

Not everyone can stand Al Gore or any talk about global warming. But if you do, then consider checking out this new TED talk.

Low carb and the environment

A few things are worth considering as a low-carb fan. Low carb is often claimed to be environmentally unsustainable due to an emphasis on meat, especially from cows (and their methane release). This is wrong for two reasons: Continue Reading →

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Can Red Meat Kill You?


4.9 out of 5 stars5 stars90%4 stars7%3 stars0%2 stars0%1 star1%54 ratings3,737 viewsWhere does the fear of red meat come from? Is it really scientific or is it more of an ideological thing?

It’s after all a fact that humans have always eaten red meat, for millions of years. Often much more than now. So how could meat cause new, modern diseases?

Best-selling author Nina Teicholz has spent a lot of time researching the subject. Last year I sat down to talk to her and above you can watch the entire 15 minute interview. Fascinating stuff, if you ask me.

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Lettuce Three Times Worse for The Climate Than Bacon

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There’s a lot of talk about meat being bad for the climate, due to production of greenhouse gases. But if you compare calorie for calorie it turns out that many vegetables are actually worse.

For example, growing lettuce produces three times more greenhouse gases than the same amount of bacon.

Scientific American: Lettuce Produces More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Bacon Does

While the threat of climate change is probably very real, there’s a big misunderstanding around meat. Greenhouse gases, like methane, from flatulence in cows are seen as a big threat. This not only sounds silly, it’s actually not a major problem.

The methane turns into carbon dioxide within 10 years or so in the atmosphere, and then it’s absorbed into the grass that other cows will eat. It’s all part of a cycle. The amount of carbon added to the atmosphere long term? ZERO.

Compare that to burning fossil fuels, like coal or oil. This means digging up stored carbon and adding it to the atmosphere. It will take millions of years to get rid of it. That is carbon we may be stuck with for the duration of civilization. This is the problem.

The solution to the climate problem is burning less fossil fuel. It will probably be possible to replace that soon, mostly with rapidly improving solar panels and batteries and electric vehicles.

The solution to the climate problem is not eating less meat. It’s not even to eat less lettuce. It’s all about not burning fossil fuels.

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