Listening to the radio it seems the dangers of red meat have been vastly exaggerated. So it's just a case of sticking to low fat ones and avoiding the overly processed junk! Good news!
No Danger in Red Meat: Listening to the... - Cholesterol Support
We all like to hear good news about our less good habits, don't we?
This news report is like authorities saying "we won't say wear a helmet on a motorbike because most people won't have an accident, and so that some people can enjoy the sensation of wind in their hair, we will leave it open to all"
What would you rather have...life or that mouth sensation of eating bacon and sausages?
Red and processed meats are clearly linked to cancer and heart disease.
As always, your choice. Make it an informed choice though.
My cholesterol plummeted so fast when I gave up meat, eggs, dairy, fish and oil that I no longer needed medication. Same for my blood pressure. I would never go back to a life of medication now. I feel too alive. Wholefood plantbased diet for the win.
Would it be possible for you to give lipid numbers before and after for members benefit?
I use red kidney beans, black beans, chick peas and lentils in many dishes. My chilli has no meat in it. We order vegetarian curries when having dinner in our favorite Indian restaurant as well.
My husband has become accustomed to not having the meats and prefers it to the beef that he was raised on.
We eat porridge or toast / a bagel with hummus and fresh onion and peppers for breakfast which is delicious.
Give it a try!
Your living in the past
Blaming cholesterol for everything when it's inflammation that is the root cause..too low cholesterol is also an issue..Everyone to there own opinion but I'm going low carb high fat thanks because by now we should all realise it's the crap cards causing the issue NOT the poor cholesterol...Try listening to Dr malcom kendrick and the great cholesterol con...we have been fobbed off for decades with millions of people on statins that don't need them...It's not all about plant Base..
I think a lot depends on your family genes, my father-in-law lived to 95 and ate meat three times a day. My husband and his brother love their meat, have low cholesterol, very low blood pressure and are over weight. I'm the complete opposite, eat very little meat, not over weight, very active yet have high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The health issue associated with red meat has little to do with cholesterol and more to do with homocysteine production.
Read this from the Life Extension website:
"Homocysteine is an amino acid made from a common dietary amino acid, methionine, that inflicts damage to the inner arterial lining (endothelium) and contributes to many diseases:
congestive heart failure
age-related macular degeneration
Dietary and Lifestyle Changes
Several dietary and lifestyle changes can help reduce chronic inflammation:
Avoid methionine-rich foods like RED MEAT and dairy products
Exercise, as patients in a cardiac rehabilitation program showed a reduction in homocysteine from exercise alone
Decrease or eliminate alcohol and smoking.
So to determine your optimal personal consumption level of red meat you should measure homocysteine when doing your blood work.
"After age 50, a more practical target value for homocysteine is <8 µmol/L. Depending upon other factors, you may require larger-than-usual intakes of B vitamins to achieve a healthy blood level of homocysteine."
I also add that animal proteins are calorically dense foods which means lots of calories in small quantities. As such, they should be limited to no more than 3 oz. per day.
I personally alternate eating vegetarian one day and having some animal protein the next.
I usually have cold-water fish such as wild-caught salmon, trout, or arctic char during my animal protein days, and throw in chicken, one day per week. I will have red meat infrequently, 'on occassion'. I probably average once per month for red meat.
Good luck to all.