Is eating lean red meat good or bad for your health? Red meat has been demonized as harmful to our general health. However, according to a new study, lean red meat might not be as bad.
Previous Mediterranean diet studies from Spain attracted researchers at Purdue University and the University of Texas. They started focusing on people consuming different amounts of lean, less processed red meat as well as others following a healthy Mediterranean diet.
Their findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The research team recruited 41 overweight or obese adults who did not follow a Mediterranean diet. They told them to include either 500 grams of lean red meat a week or 200 grams in their diet. The participants followed each diet for five weeks.
Afterward, the subjects moved to a four-week “washout period” in which there were asked to eat a self-selected diet and finally switched to the other red-meat Mediterranean diet.
The researchers concluded: “Adults who are overweight or moderately obese may improve multiple cardiometabolic disease risk factors by adapting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern with red meats that are lean and unprocessed.”
Their research shows that consuming modest amounts of lean, unprocessed red meat within a Mediterranean diet – which includes lots of vegetables, fish, fruit, whole grains, and olive oil — doesn’t cause harmful health effects.
“Our research supports previous evidence which shows that unprocessed and/or lean red meat does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said the Purdue-Texas researchers.