Why giving up meat can’t save the planet — or your life

A powerful, global organization called “EAT” is conspiring to make sure there’s a lot less meat at your dinner table. They claim giving up meat is better for the planet and your health. And instead, they want you to eat low-quality, ultra-processed, mass-produced, grain-based products.

EAT is determined to turn policy-makers, scientists, world leaders, big business, and every day citizens like you and me on to their dangerous way of thinking. And in many cases, it’s working.

In fact, all the big food conglomerates like Kellogg’s, which makes sugary cereals and other ultra-processed grain products, support EAT’s idea that meat is “bad for the planet.” (But remember, as I told you last month, it’s their poor-quality, ultra-processed grain products that are the real culprits.)

Likewise, many so-called “nutritionists” continue to urge people to limit consumption of red meat and other foods with cholesterol and healthy fats — such as eggs and dairy. (The fake news campaign about “bad eggs” is still going on, as I debunked last week.) Even the mainstream medical community and its codependents at the American Heart Association (AHA) still attempt to cast doubts about the health benefits of eating these healthy, whole foods.

Specifically, the federal government says that less than 10 percent of your daily calories should come from fats. And the AHA recommends even less.

But those levels are ridiculously unrealistic, impractical, and — most of all — unhealthy.

Ridiculous dietary recommendations ignore the science

The ridiculous recommendations to avoid foods with cholesterol and fat have never been supported by rigorous research. In fact, the idea that cholesterol and saturated fats cause heart disease comes from decades-old, flawed studies that have since been debunked. We now know scientists cherry-picked data to incorporate into those original studies. And the big sugar industry helped obscure the real science.

On the other hand, numerous teams of researchers around the world recently re-examined all the old data and concluded that cholesterol and fats don’t have any effect on heart disease deaths. In fact, they couldn’t find one single piece of evidence in any clinical trial to support the quack notion that eating foods with saturated fat causes heart disease.

In addition, a 2014 analysis looked at 72 different studies with a total of more than 650,000 participants. Again, the researchers concluded that saturated fats are not a concern for heart health.

Plus, in a 2016 comprehensive review, Purdue University researchers analyzed data from 24 high-quality studies. And they found no specific link between red meat intake and any negative heart disease outcome.

Meanwhile, the U.S. supply of red meat between 1970 and 2014 fell by 28 percent. At the same time, the production of whole milk dropped by a drastic 79 percent. And the production of animal fats like butter and lard fell by 27 percent.

Now, think about it…

If saturated fats and cholesterol were truly unhealthy, then obesity, Type II diabetes, and heart disease rates should have plummeted right alongside this dramatic drop in saturated fat consumption.

But the rates of these diseases haven’t gone down. Instead, they’ve skyrocketed.

That’s because Americans replaced healthy, full-fat dairy, eggs, and red meat with low-fat, ultra-processed, carb-laden foods — like cereals and other processed grain products. In fact, grain supply surged by 28 percent between 1970 and 2014. No surprise there…

Ultra-processed grains are the REAL danger to your health and the environment

I have other grave concerns about eating ultra-processed grains…

The majority of wheat grown in this country is genetically modified. Which means farmers must spray it with glyphosate — a known carcinogen — and an ingredient in the commercial plant killer known as Roundup®.

Glyphosate also poisons your GI microbiome, the environment in your gut where healthy probiotic bacteria thrive. And we now know the microbiome is crucial for digestion, the immune system, and the healthy functioning of our brains and body.

In the end, I keep coming back to the same advice you probably heard from your parents and grandparents…

Fill your plate with plenty of full-fat dairy (like cheese and yogurt), meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. Remember the healthiest diet on the planet, the Medi Diet, includes cheese at each and every meal — which you won’t hear from the “experts” because it doesn’t fit the narrative. And use spices liberally. (Remember — a cook’s spices are the natural practitioners’ herbal remedies.) And enjoy alcohol in moderation. (But avoid the glyphosate contamination, as I reported on Monday.)

This sensible eating plan is one of the most powerful tools on the planet when it comes to preventing chronic diseases and maintaining a healthy weight.

But beware of the politically correct goon squad at EAT, which appears to be just another front for the big carb industry…

As always, I’ll continue to dispel all the popular myths in my Daily Dispatch and Insiders’ Cures newsletter. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my monthly newsletter, now’s the perfect time to get started.

Sources:

“Want a healthier heart? Eat a steak.”  Houston Chronicle, 9/19/2018. (houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Want-a-healthier-heart-Eat-a-steak-Opinion-13239443.php)

“Nutrition data review shows red meat has neutral effect on cardiovascular disease risk factors.” Purdue University, 12/19/2016 (purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2016/Q4/nutrition-data-review-shows-red-meat-has-neutral-effect-on-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors.html)


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