There is no link between red meat and coronary heart disease. Period. Fats found in red meat are necessary for your body to absorb critical fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Harvard researchers published a study in the journal “Circulation” that analyzed 20 studies that compared health outcomes of people who eat red meat and processed meat. Red meat intake was not associated with either heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
The researchers confirmed that processed meat is junk, it’s the culprit – hot dogs, bacon, sausage, lunch meats. These types of meat are the dangerous ones.
The Harvard team reports a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease linked to consistent eating of processed meat, and nearly 20 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
Saturated fat and cholesterol content were the same in unprocessed red meat and processed meat. The dangers in the processed meat are mostly due to chemical preservatives and high sodium levels.
Grass fed beef: California State University researchers reviewed research that compared grass-fed beef with grain-fed beef, and they found higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in grass-fed. In fact, CLA levels were twice as high–CLA helps manage blood sugar and insulin levels, while also reducing risks of cancer, osteoporosis, and atherosclerosis.
Grass-fed beef is also far less likely to contain the antibiotics and hormones typically found in commercial meat. I know grass-fed beef is more expensive but it really is the best way to go.