"This novel finding from a small group of subjects from Virginia raises the intriguing possibility that allergy to red meat may be an underrecognized factor in heart disease," said study leader Coleen McNamara, M.D., a professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Research Center of the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville.
The number of people with red meat allergies in the United States is unclear, but researchers estimate that it may be 1 percent of the population in some areas.
The 22 experts from 10 countries, convened by the IARC Monographs Programme, classi-fied the consumption of red meat
as "probably carcinogenic to humans", based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat
causes cancer in humans and "strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect".
And they're more likely to die during years-long studies than those who eat less red meat
The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition (volume 105, issue 01), not only confirmed again that red meat
from animals "finished" on grass for the six weeks before slaughter contains significantly more omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids than meat from grain-fed feedlot animals, but also demonstrated for the first time that healthy consumers who ate that grass-finished meat for only four weeks showed significant increases in blood levels of omega 3s compared with those eating grain-finished red meat
Carnitine is abundant in red meat
, and is often added to popular energy drinks.
What's more, chicken isn't even always better for you than red meat
. A four-ounce serving of skinless chicken thigh supplies about a sixth of your daily limits for fat and saturated fat (the kind that raises your cholesterol).
If Americans used this new approach to prepare one-third of the red meat
they currently consume, "it would lower the [total U.S.] consumption of saturated fats by about 3 percent of calories," Small and his coauthors assert in their report.
The red meats
are higher in iron, but poultry's not a bad source (8 to 11 percent of the USRDA).
Meanwhile, 55 percent of surveyed adults had red meat
, and 49 percent of males and 37 percent of females ate at least one serving of a breakfast meat or lunch meat.
Also included under the banner of red meat
are processed pork products such as bacon and sausage.
A new study of 14,916 male physicians links eating red meat
to prostate cancer.