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The Inside Scoop On Red Meat

There is a lot of controversy about red meat, whether it’s good for you, whether it’s bad for you, what are the facts, what are the myths. A lot of talking and a lot of questions revolve around this idea that red meat is good/bad for you. But without going too far into whether or not red meat is good or bad for you, let’s take a look at the facts. Once you know the facts, you should be able to come up with your own ideas about how and when, if ever, you are going to eat red meat.

Red meat facts:

  • Red meat is a source of minerals and vitamins like iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and B vitamins.
  • Red meat, when it is lean and trimmed of visible fat, does not raise total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol levels, it is also low in saturated fat.
  • The fat content and type of fat in meat depends on the type of meat and the feeding protocol.

The facts about red meat may not be all one needs in order to make an informed decision about whether or not one will continue to eat red meat. If you eat red meat as a part of your diet or want to learn more about it, here are some myths about red meat you may have heard:
 
Red meat myths:

  • Red meat is bad for your heart. This is a myth right now because the studies cannot prove it to be true.
  • Red meat only contains saturated fats.
  • Eliminating red meat from ones diet can help to avoid cancer.
  • Red meat causes gout. This is a myth because gout is a form of arthritis and it is caused by a build-up of uric acid crystals.

There are many facts and myth busters about red meat that seem to prove that eating red meat is not necessarily bad for your body. However, many specialists have said time and time again that meat, any kind of meat, is ok to eat as long as it is eaten in moderation.
 
Take the facts, take the myth busters, maybe even do some more research in order to learn the exact amounts of proteins, vitamins, and nutrients found in red meat. Do the research and find out for yourself whether or not you think eating red meat is good or bad for your body and your lifestyle.
 
Madison Hewerdine writes for several blogs nationwide. To read more about the alkaline diet click here.


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