Is red meat bad? (Part II – IGF-1, risk of cancer and more)

Is meat bad for you

Let’s continue our discussion that we started in Part I and see if there really is any association between meat and cancer. It’s different if you already have a pathology It is often implied that high-protein diet causes damage to your kidneys by “overloading” them with nitrogen by-products of protein digestion (that they naturally metabolise and excrete) – but as a healthy individual, you will have difficulty overconsuming protein, since your body has natural regulatory mechanisms that drive the desire for protein-containing foods.  So you are unlikely to ever eat too much. But is it correct to say that eating any amount will put a strain on your kidneys?  Should you specifically reduce protein consumption to avoid damaging them? The […]

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Being vegan: facts beyond the marketing hype

Vegan diet

In case you’ve been living in a bubble last 10 years or so – there is a huge vegan movement going on in a lot of countries that is changing the way people eat, dress and even choose regular consumer products.  Veganism is taking the world by storm.  The web is full of vegan recipes, publishers – big and small – produce hundreds of huge vegan cookbooks, vegan restaurants pop up even in the most remote areas and, vegan diets are considered by many the healthiest alternative of the modern day. The majority of people however, seduced by the widely advertised allure of healthy eating, lack of animal cruelty and other general benefits jump on the bandwagon without fully understanding […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Eating Better Meat (Part III) – six reasons to eat organ meats

(Continued from Part I and Part II) When modern cultures talk about “meat”, they usually mean muscle meat – the tenderloins, roasts, shoulders, strip loins, and T-bones we can all buy in stores.  But this wasn’t always the case.  In fact, as early as only about 100 years ago, the same modern cultures happily consumed organ meats, bone broths and even blood.  And although some traditional recipes still make use of these, the concept is generally not very well received.  Unless you specifically look for them, organ meats are hard to come by in conventional stores and regular recipe books don’t describe many ways to cook them. This is very unfortunate, because organ meats are extremely beneficial for your health.  […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Eating Better Meat – Part II

(Continued from Part I – Buyer’s Guide) Part II – Food safety, poisoning, and how to cook meat the right way   Disclaimer:  The risks of food poisoning due to improper cooking – especially for certain susceptible groups of people – are real and consumption of undercooked food may lead to serious illness or, certain cases, death. This article does not constitute and is not intended to be used as medical, microbiological, or any other advice.  While the topics discussed in this article appear to have been researched and supported by various scientific sources, make sure you understand them and thoroughly research this topic further, prior to making any changes in your dietary habits.  Due to many variables affecting the risk of contamination, […]

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The ultimate guide to eating better meat (Part I – Buyer’s Guide)

Unless you are a vegetarian or a vegan, you probably get a lot of your usual macronutrients from meat, poultry or fish.  When non-vegetarians hear the word “protein” they usually think “meat” – and rightfully so: beef, for example, packs the largest protein content by volume, compared to other sources – about 26 grams of protein per 100 grams meat.  Lamb has a similar and sometimes even slightly higher protein content.  Compare this to protein content per 100g for the usual sources of vegetarian proteins – 16g for chia seeds, 12g for cottage cheese, 5g for kidney beans, 4g for quinoa, 2g for white rice, etc.  In fact, pretty much the only non-animal food that can compare to beef in terms […]

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