Can I eat red meat and still have a healthy heart?
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In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say:
Certain cuts of red meat contain large quantities of saturated fat, which is linked to increased LDL cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease. An occasional steak is fine, but a diet that includes daily consumption of red meat, especially when compared to a diet rich in fish, is associated with an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. If you do eat meat, chose less fatty cuts and limit portion sizes.
Stay away from processed red meat. These meats, which have been smoked, cured, salted, or treated with preservatives, are loaded with sodium, nitrates, and nitrites, and these, in turn, are associated with hypertension and cardiovascular disease.