Is Red Meat Bad For You If You Suffer From Arthritis

steak red meat

large joint of red meatFor as long as I can remember I’ve been led to believe that red meat is bad for you especially if you suffer from arthritis. But is red meat bad for you? Absolutely not! Seriously, we’ve been brainwashed for years with scare story after scare story about red meat and the perils of eating it.

I fell for it. I packed up eating red meat for nigh on 10 years after I was diagnosed with arthritis. Did it help my symptoms? Was I suddenly pain free after giving up red meat? Nope. It was only after I got stuck into researching diets to help with healing my arthritis that I discovered that red meat was not the enemy that I had been led to believe. Quite the opposite in fact.

Is Red Meat Bad For You?

is red meat bad for you comparison of beef

Compare Grain Fed Beef To Grass Fed Beef

Not all red meat is the same. In the picture above the meat on the left is from beef brought up on a grain fed diet. On the right is a grass fed joint of beef. Look at all the fat on that grain fed beef. And the grass fed one is nice and lean. Guess what happens when you eat grain fed meat….. you get fat! And what happens when you eat grass fed? You stay lean just like in the picture. Okay I’m simplifying it a bit I know! Getting fat is not just because you eat grain fed meat but it’s one factor that adds to your overall condition.

The picture above should be all you need to convince you to start eating grass fed beef. But if you need anymore persuasion this might help. You probably know that that oily fish is full of Omega 3 fats and we’re encouraged to eat it as its good for us. Here’s a good place to read up on the benefits of Omega 3:
http://articles.mercola.com/omega-3.aspx

Unfortunately most of us do not eat enough foods with Omega 3 and modern diets tend to be over loaded with Omega 6, which is another essential fat but not in the ratio of todays diet. Back when our grandparents were cooking they had a 1:1 ratio of 3’s to 6’s. I believe that has shot up to 25:1 in favour of Omega 6!

For those of us with arthritis it is a double whammy as Omega 3 is shown to be anti inflammatory whereas Omega 6 is inflammatory. Source:
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/83/6/S1505.short

Many grains are high in Omega 6 and we’re feeding this to our livestock which we then eat. Let’s say we fry it in vegetable oil (also high in Omega 6) and then we wonder why we get inflammation.

But meat that has been fed on grass naturally has lower levels of Omega 6, what with them eating grass and not grains of course! Not only are they lower in Omega 6’s but they’re higher in Omega 3’s than grain fed meat. For us arthritis sufferers it really is a no brainer. Eat grass fed.

Red meat has loads of other nutritional benefits even if it’s grain fed. Here’s a few.

  • B Vitamins
  • D Vitamin
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

There’s been tons of studies trying to answer the question ‘is red meat bad for you’ but none have been conclusive. We’ve been led to believe for years that red meat will give you cancer. But what these studies don’t tell you is that the people who tend to eat lower quality, processed red meats tend to be generally unhealthy overall. They’re more like to smoke and less likely to exercise. Whereas those people in the studies who didn’t eat red meat but ate chicken, fish and lots of vegetables tended not to smoke and exercised more. And of course they had lower instances of cancer. But it’s not because they didn’t eat red meat. It’s because of many factors. In fact if they introduced grass fed red meat back into their diet they’d be even more healthy!

If you’re intake of red meat consists of a lot of fast food from burger chains, you smoke and don’t exercise it stands to reason that you’re more likely to get cancer. But does that mean red meat is bad for you? Of course not.

Now if anyone asks you – is red meat bad for you, you can’t confidently say no it’s not and if it’s been reared on grass it’s actually good for you.

Now go and find some grass fed beef and start enjoying it again.

Resources:
http://www.qmscotland.co.uk/healthy-eating/why-red-meat-good-you
http://chriskresser.com/red-meat-it-does-a-body-good/

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