Is Red Meat Bad?

If you look on the internet, there is so much conflicting information on red meat, is it bad or good? There are tons of documents and research articles, stating that red meat can cause heart disease and cancers. My problem with those specific studies is that they don’t look at organic free range grass fed vs. non organic red meat.

I personally love organic red meat because of the high quality amino acids and omega 3s. Not only that, it works for my Metabolic type, since I’m a fast oxidizer I thrive on protein and fat.

Here’s a great article that debunks the latest research.

Here are the top benefits of eating red meat

  • Iron – Adding red meat to your diet one or two times a week can help you consume the amount of iron your body needs for your red blood cells to transport enough oxygen to all the other parts of your body. Iron deficiencies can contribute to learning problems, low energy and behavioral issues.
  • B Vitamins – Lean red meat contains B-12 for a healthy nervous system and B-6 for a strong immune system. Red meat also contains niacin, another B vitamin that aids in digestion, as well as riboflavin for healthy skin and eyes.
  • Zinc – You need zinc from foods because it helps build muscle mass, strengthens your immune system and helps promote a healthy brain.
  • Potassium – Potassium occurs naturally in many foods, and a diet high in potassium is linked with a number of health benefits, including lower blood pressure and reduced risk of stroke.
  • CoQ10 is important for energy production. It is present in every cell of the body, but especially in those parts that need a lot of energy, such as muscles and the heart.
  • Selenium – Selenium is important for normal thyroid hormone activity and for better immune function.
  • Essential Amino Acids -The protein you get from red meat contains all the amino acids necessary to build muscle and repair tissue.
  • Omega 3s – Consumption of grass fed beef has less fat and less calories than grain fed beef. It then follows that Omega 3 beef is healthier and may even aid in weight loss.

Ask these questions after every meal, do you feel energized or fatigued after you eat? How is your mood throughout the day? Are you losing or gaining weight? Do you crave sweets? These are important question that you must ask yourself on a daily basis if you’re striving towards health.

Now go make yourself a nice grass-fed organic burger, yum yum.


Functional Patterns here. Kevin Moses representing Functional Patterns. Today, going to talk about some nutrition and a question I get very frequently is, “Is red meat bad?” People think … have this misconception that red meat is bad for you, going to cause heart disease, cancer and you go on the Internet and there’s lots of studies out there, right? It definitely shows up that it causes cancer and heart disease. The question is, those studies aren’t showing organic versus non-organic red meat and that’s the question that I kind of want to answer today is when you’re consuming … I tell all my clients okay, let’s take a traditional cow and that cow has been fed antibiotics and hormones. They want to build up that cow. The bigger that cow is the more money they’re going to make. Obviously, when they feed it hormones, it gets sick, so they feed it antibiotics to fight the infections.

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Just think, if you’re consuming an animal that is sick, how can you experience health? You really have to ask that question. I want everybody out there, if you’re consuming foods that are filled with chemicals and antibiotics and hormones, you cannot expect your body to be healthy when you’re consuming unhealthy products. Why do I like red meat? Because that’s one of things that, I mean, I’m eating probably two to three times a week. Now, again, everybody is different. Red meat may not even work for you and you may get it once a week but just to get it in your diet, even if it’s once every two weeks. It’s going to be a benefit.

Why is it a benefit? Well, if it’s organic … I’m going to go over the organic and why that is special, okay. So one of the biggest concerns is the Omega 3s to the Omega 6s, that ratio. Say you’re eating a traditional red meat, okay. The ratio of Omega 6s to 3s could be anywhere from 25 to 1, Omega 6s to Omega 3s. What does that mean, right? Why should you care about that? Well when you’re having that kind of a ratio, that promotes inflammation. That may promote heart disease and cancer and those types of things inflammatory in your body. Really be aware that when you’re consuming that cheap ground round, ground chuck, something like that that’s been fed those chemicals and that ratio of Omega 6 to 3 is off, could definitely jeopardize your health.

When you’re getting organic, what they say is about – it’s probably about a four to one, maybe even a three to one. You’re getting Omega 6s, four to one, Omega 3, which could be very beneficial for your insides of your body pretty much for your functioning. The Omega 3s are so important for inflammation, to reduce that inflation, your cholesterol, multiple things, hormones, neurotransmitters. I can go on and on about Omega 3s but go on the Internet, check it out. Check that out in terms of the benefits of Omega 3s and how it can really promote to good health.

Red meat, it also has all the amino acids. You definitely want amino acids in your diet and you want to get food like meat that has complete amino acids. There’s incomplete proteins and complete proteins and you want to do research on that as well. Consume foods like the meats, the eggs, fish, poultry, definitely complete proteins, okay.

What about glucagon, Kevin? I heard about that red meat can actually influence glucagon or is that just something that I heard or … ?

Well glucagon is a hormone that’s released by the pancreas, correct? Okay. Now, that’s a great point. When somebody comes to me and they want to lose weight, there’s two hormones that we focus on: Insulin and glucagon. Insulin, you eat a lot of sugar, you eat a lot of carbohydrates, insulin gets elevated to regulate that blood sugar, transport down to the muscles. Now what happens when you’re sitting and you’re carb, carb, carb, carb, carb, that insulin, there’s not a lot of sugar being used so you’re going to store that extra sugar as a triglyceride, which is going to put on some fat.

Now glucagon, guess what glucagon does. Glucagon burns fat, okay. When you consume frequent small meals that have a good protein, vegetables, some fat in there, you’re going to be able to stimulate glucagon, which is going to help with your weight loss.

I don’t know if that answered your question but …


Glucagon is something that nobody ever hears about. Everybody knows about insulin but that’s a great hormone to really know how to play with. Exercise also stimulates glucagon because you’re burning sugar, sugar, sugar and glucagon says, “Well I need more sugar,” so it takes your fat and says, “Hey fat, do me a favor and turn to sugar.” That’s kind of what the simple analogy of that is and that’s awesome. I mean, that’s just … everybody should be educated on those two hormones for sure.

Red meat also has a lot of B vitamins for energy That’s great. Iron, zinc, definitely a benefit. Personally, I’ve had a lot of clients that have come to me that have been vegetarian and vegan and I’m not saying it’s bad. What works for you but they’re not getting those complete proteins from that meat source. Guess what. They get a sluggish thyroid, they put on weight, can’t lose the weight. I try to talk to them and educate them the best I can and then they get on some just small, maybe once a week, maybe twice a week of those complete protein sources and guess what happens. Weight loss, feel better, energy goes through the roof and they’re sold.

That’s kind of my two cents on red meat and I always, always, always choose organic. Now this is the misconception too. Organic is not always what it seems to be. Organic feed, that’s what they’re consuming. If they’re eating organic corn or wheat, that’s not always the best either because if you have gluten intolerance you’re eating … oh yes, it’s organic but it’s been organic wheat. You’re still going to have gluten sensitivities from that potentially. You got to be aware of that. Grass-fed, free-range organic meat is the way to go. Free-range, grass-fed. You want to eat what that animal naturally eats in its environment. Two cents on red meat. Hope that helps out.

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