We all know that eating red meat is bad, right? Huge no-no – just don’t eat it! You’ll DIE!!!!1!. Well, maybe not:
Red meat has been condemned as a cancer-causing, blood pressure-raising no-no.
Indeed, nutritional guidelines in both the UK and the US advise eating no more than 70g of beef, pork, or steak per day.
But a new review of clinical trials from Purdue University has found quite the opposite.
According to the study, eating more than the recommended daily amount of red meat does not affect short-term heart disease risk factors, such as blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
Here, for free, I will provide the tried and true George C. Noonan, Jr diet:
Eat whatever you want – just in moderation.
You know – having a bacon double cheesegburger every week will not kill you. Sure, having three a day is probably unwise…but if you’re craving some bacony goodness, have at it. Dad lived until 82. Didn’t exercise after he got out of the Marines. Ate red meat, salted his food, smoked and drank at least one whiskey a day (weekends and, after retirement, two) for his adult life. He died from complications resulting from a problem he was genetically born with.
I’d like to note that if you eat right and exercise daily, you’re going to die, anyway.
This sort of thing always brings me to a bit of fury at the stupidity of the modern world. Remember, it is “settled science” that red meat is bad. Call any doctor or nutritionist you like right this moment and ask them if you should be eating bacon double cheeseburgers and they will say, “no”. But here’s the reality – human beings have been eating bacon, beef, cheese and bread for, oh, about 100,000 years or so. Bacon and beef aren’t poison – they are food. Regular, normal, human food which our bodies are designed to process for excellent nutritional benefit. We’ve been sold a line of nonsense – and the line has been sold by people who for bizarre reasons have developed a moral aversion to eating things like red meat while also desiring that everyone else toe their line.
To be sure, if all you do is sit on your rear all day and eat things like bacon double cheeseburgers, you’re going to find yourself in serious health difficulty – but it won’t be because of the food, itself. It will be because you are a glutton and a lazy bones. Gluttony and sloth put you at risk of two things: losing your immortal soul and, of course, keeling over from a heart attack at 50 years old. But eating a nice steak doesn’t put you at risk of anything; and no matter what the vegetarians, PETA and assorted nagging Progressive Puritans say, the fact is that steak is just food. Nothing more, nothing less.
I know it’s a weird thing to go on a rant about, but it just sickens me that so much of what is normal and human is condemned these days. Can’t eat meat; can’t smoke tobacco; can’t drink booze; can’t have a bonfire on the beach; can’t drive off road; must stay on the designated paths while walking in the woods; can’t laugh at certain jokes…all in the name of some alleged cause of Justice and Saving The World. I ask: what is the point of saving the world if we can’t enjoy living in it? My dad, towards the end, was given the medical lecture: stop smoking, don’t drink any more, don’t salt your food, no more red meat. His attitude to that was, “if living means I have to give up what I enjoy, what’s the point of doing it?”.