New Zealand researchers are hoping to prove that the best red meat is good for heart health:
The University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute has recruited a group of men between 35 and 55 to eat free meat three times a week for two months.
Prof David Cameron-Smith says the men have been allocated either grass-fed Wagyu beef, grain-finished beef or a vegetarian alternative.
“We’re making a direct comparison against soy, so it’s a vegetable alternative,” he told Newshub.
The study is looking at how complex fats in high-quality unprocessed meat affect heart health. Prof Cameron-Smith says Wagyu beef is rich in healthy fats.
“They have very high concentrations of omega-3 fats, and other anti-inflammatory fats that may protect you against heart disease – so that’s where our research comes in.”
Prior research hasn’t brought good news for meat-lovers. While some studies have been inconclusive, many end up concluding the more red meat you eat, the higher risk you’re at of developing heart disease and other conditions, including cancer. Prof Cameron-Smith suggests that may be a reflection of the kinds of red meat people are eating.
All meat isn’t equal.
Better cuts are unprocessed with no additives.
“A healthy diet needs to have a range of protein sources – including vegetable protein sources – but if you are going to eat meat, make it the best meat.” . .
If the study proves that better meat is good for heart health it will provide ammunition against the people who are trying to convince governments to tax meat.
Better meat is already more expensive than lower quality alternatives.
Adding a tax to it would make it even more expensive and lead more people to buy cheaper, and less healthy, alternatives.