Too Much Grass-Fed Red Meat?


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I've seen a few articles posted around the internets today (including one on NPR food) about the importance of limiting red meat consumption to 2-3 times per week. I'm guessing that this does NOT hold for grass-fed beef. And that, particularly as an ultrarunner, I need a lot of red meat for the Omega 3's and protein, etc. Is that right? Just don't want to cause damage by pigging out on red meat. I do have chicken once a day (usually). But about 8 oz of red meat once or twice a day as well. All grass-fed red meat and vegetarian chicken.

Thanks!

Mike

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sigh...I'm not going to dive too far into this but this topic has been tackled quite a bit all over the web. IN SHORT most of us feel these studies aren't valid...the problem with just about all the studies that urge people to limit red meat is that there is NO mention of what other things the people in those studies were eating which undoubtedly includes seed oils, sugar, wheat, and all kinds of other processed foods. The studies could include someone who eats ice cream or grilled cheese sandwiches for every meal and eats meat for 4 or 5 meals a week and they're defined as red meat eaters not sugar addicts. A really great primer on what various nutritional studies of the 20th century really mean, if you're up for the read, is "Good Calories Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes.

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Thanks, Johnny. I'll take a look at Taubes. I was already thinking along those lines (what about the processed foods those people are eating?), and was hoping I was on the right track. You also just jogged my memory about the discusssions in ISWF about the effect of processed foods on fat storage and what not. Thanks again!

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I've been following this thread, and it's really interesting. I always wonder about the studies that say a certain food is a problem (or really great for you). There are the problems mentioned above, and, also, often the results of these studies get REALLY exaggerated in the popular sciece reporting. Things go from, "Indicates there may be some correlation" to "demonstrates correlation," and the meanings there are pretty different.

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Ha! YES! I'll take Zuckerberg as my doppleganger. I've never got that before, but I can see it. :)

Yeah, man. I feel *incredible.* My energy level is way up and much more stable. In addition to getting over 100 grams of protein for the first time in over a year, I also shifted away quite a bit from fruits (my old major source of calories) to more veggies (probably 80/20 or 90/10 now). Those two changes have led to feeling much more stable between meals. I've took last week off from running because I was flirting with overtraining, but am starting back up tomorrow (Day 9) and am anxious to see how I feel out there. I'm already *really* lean, but think I might actually be losing the last bits of excess belly fat. Not why I started the program, but a bonus I'm happy to take!

I'm grateful!

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I look around me at Whole Foods, and most of the people with only vegan items in their carts don't look healthy. They may be an ideal weight, but they look shriveled and sinewy. They look like pictures of concentration camp survivors. Not the skeletal ones, but the ones after a few months of hard labor and inadequate food. All stringy muscles and bones.

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