According to a new study from Hamilton, Ont.’s McMaster University, a diet high in red meat and cheese isn’t as bad for the human diet as previously thought, and in fact may even help prolong your life.
The global study, determined that higher levels of red meat and cheese in a diet were linked to a far lower risk of early death—definitely a knock against conventional wisdom. The study looked at more than 218,000 adults in 52 countries, and discovered that eating three portions of dairy and one-and-a-half portions of meat daily could cut the risk of early death by one-quarter, with 22 per cent fewer heart attacks.
The amount of unprocessed red meat consumed daily was ~120 grams (a small steak), with the dairy consumption equating to approximately 20- to 25-per cent of adult caloric intake.
Speaking at the European Society of Cardiology conference held August 25-29, 2018 in Munich, Germany, McMaster’s Dr. Andrew Mente discussed his team’s research, stating that the saturated fat contained within the red meat and dairy products protects the heart.