People who are convinced that red meat it bad for health will have to think again. Confirmation of the importance of this type of food in the diet, especially for people with cardiovascular problems, comes directly from the United States of America: research conducted by nutritionist Penny Kris-Etherton of Penn State University shows that, contrary to current beliefs, eating a daily portion of red meat (maximum 150 grams), provided it is lean, helps lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Lean red meat, including beef, may in fact be eaten as the main protein in diets for people suffering from vascular problems, together with fruit, vegetables and low fat dairy products. In this way, say researchers in the study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, it is possible to reduce blood pressure in healthy individuals, keep cholesterol under control and ensue good prevention.
In particular, researchers tested four different diets with different quantities of meat involving 36 participants between 30 and 65 years old. The most effective for blood pressure was found to be the diet with equal proportions of animal and vegetable proteins. 'This evidence suggests that it is the contribution of total protein, and not the type of protein, that helps reduce blood pressure,' said the researchers. The diet is called Bold+ (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet plus additional protein) and has the support of the National Institute of Health.
Not just beef. This new discovery might even see restaurants also serve other types of lean red meat, such as zebra. The trend is growing: in England, a food distribution company has already launched steaks made from the thighs of the famous striped horse-like animal, and who knows whether it might also spread to the rest of Europe. Zebra meat, in fact, in rich in zinc and omega 3, with a high protein content and even less fat than white chicken meat. This would help keep cholesterol at bay without sacrificing a delicious cut of red meat.
Source: Eurocarne Outlook