Less “Red” in Red, White and Blue?
I know, I know … Tomorrow is Fourth of July, and it’s almost un-American not to eat red meat, right?
However, a few studies released recently give some compelling reasons why you might choose to grill more veggie kebobs than burgers or dogs this year.
Red meat is famous for clogging arteries, and you probably already know that consumption has links to heart disease. But now a new study suggests that consumption of red meat is also associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
A second study, just released on Monday, found that people who frequently eat red and processed meats before a colon cancer diagnosis have worse outcomes – namely, they are more likely to die of the disease.
If July 4th is one of the only days of the summer you indulge in a burger or dog – maybe Memorial Day and Labor Day are the others – go ahead.
But if these foods are on your “gotta have” list – you find you’re eating them regularly and you can’t imagine giving them up – consider trying healthier ways to consume them. Maybe you don’t really need to engage in overkill and add half a rasher bacon to your sandwich. Or maybe you could try a healthier type of meat. For example, burgers and dogs made with grass-fed beef appear to have less saturated fat, cholesterol and calories than ordinary beef. The same seems to be true of wild meats like bison, which is even leaner than chicken or turkey.
Yes, these meats are more expensive that the buck-a-pound stuff. But as the old L’Oreal commercial used to go: “I’m worth it.”
Your health is worth it – happy Fourth!