I really like steak and other red meat and have it 2 to 3 times a week. Is this meat bad for me? Does it cause heart disease and diabetes?
Red meat from cows, buffalo and lamb are excellent sources of iron and zinc plus they contain complete proteins. Harvard researchers did 20 studies involving 1.2 million people and found no association with eating unprocessed red meats and either heart disease or diabetes. However, when the meats were in a processed, refined form such as bacon, hot dogs, deli meats and packaged lunch meats, consuming them raised the risk of heart disease by 42% and diabetes by 19%. So eating red meats or any meat for that matter in a clean, whole unprocessed way is healthy. Eating processed, refined meats of any kind is not recommended.