Bret Scher opinion piece in Houston Chronicle
I’m a cardiologist — and I encourage patients to eat red meat.
This advice defies conventional wisdom. For decades, nutritionists and physicians have urged people to limit consumption of red meat and other fatty foods, which were thought to cause heart disease.
But new studies debunk this conventional wisdom. Indeed, it now looks like low-quality carbohydrates — not saturated fats — are driving America’s heart disease epidemic. It’s time to stop demonizing steak.
Bret goes on to say
2014 analysis that examined 72 different observational and clinical trials involving more than 650,000 people, the lead researcher concluded that “It’s not saturated fat that we should worry about.”
Consider how the American diet has evolved. The most recent government data reveals that from 1970 to 2014, the availability of red meat fell 28 percent. Whole milk availability declined 79 percent. And animal fats — like butter and lard — dropped 27 percent.
If saturated fats were truly unhealthy, then obesity, diabetes and heart disease rates should have plummeted alongside this drop in saturated fat consumption.
newer, better research indicates that red meat and saturated fats aren’t harmful when combined with a lower carbohydrate diet.
So if you’re looking to safeguard your heart, fire up the grill and cook that burger — but skip the bun and the pasta salad
I started questioning the previous nutritional advice after reading articles like Bret’s. One concern that I have, given my weight, do I still have a Healthy Heart?
If you are interested in understanding just how divergent what we are told about nutrition compared to the science and medical research into nutrition. I highly recommend you pick up the book “The Big Fat Surprise” by Nina Teicholz