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Is it ok to eat steak everyday

Answered on October 16, 2013
Created October 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I have been having steak and eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms everyday for breakfast for the last year as part of my paleo diet.... But people keep telling me too much red meat is linked to cancer. Anyone else heard this.

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on October 16, 2013
at 10:29 PM

I have a few ideas off the top of my head:

1: Most of the steak eaten in America is from factory farmed cows.

2: A huge portion (maybe most) of the red meat eaten in America is heavily processed.

3: Most Americans still reach for the lowest fat cuts and super-lean ground beef, which I imagine would be conducive to colon caner as it gets all blocked up with animal protein.

4: People often over cook their beef/meat. High temperatures are known to produce carcinogens in meats. I do this myself since it's way easier to slightly over cook it than to cook it JUST RIGHT. I'm just learning to properly cook my meats.

5: It's perfectly possible that animal protein, and red meat in particular, causes cancer when eaten in excess. We know there are a lot of confounding factors and that red meat has lots of health benefits but nobody has proven against the cancer causality theory.

Personally, I'm going to keep eating it in moderation. I get most of my calories from saturated fat and eat animal protein in moderation. Nobody's proven one way or the other about a high fat diet either but it does seem to be the cleanest burning fuel for the body.

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on October 16, 2013
at 10:22 PM

Red meat is associated with gout:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19447779

There's an association with colon cancer too, but the problem is worsened by food preservatives. On a relative scale, the steak is better for you than eating bacon and sausages instead.

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on October 16, 2013
at 09:58 PM

I would say that you should mix in some white meat or just have eggs instead of eggs and steak. You don't have to cut out steak and eggs completely, just bring it down a notch.

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on October 16, 2013
at 09:56 PM

As much as I love it and try to eat grass fed beef, I don't want to eat it every day nor do I think it is particularly healthy to eat the same foods everyday. Paleo man surely didn't eat meat everyday and if he did I doubt it would have been the same kind of animal all year long.

I wouldn't be surprised that eating corn fed conventional antibiotic laced unhealthy cow meat everyday with a plate of french fries followed up with some cake, cookies and ice cream could lead to cancer. btw no exercise, just tv watching.

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on October 16, 2013
at 08:17 PM

it is linked to a lot of bad things, but, i have to say it.....correlation is not causation.

that being said its my understanding that the correlation is pretty strong, but at the same time people are realizing more and more that saturated fat is not really bad for you; so what would be the mechanism for all these things red meat is in theory causing? is it the fat? the hormones added? antibiotics? unsanitary conditions? is it just that a lot of red meat is processed and the processing does this? or is it just that since the gov has been preaching sat fat as being bad that all the health minded people avoided it and so when they see whats correlated with red meat eating its all the things non-health minded people suffer from, possibly due to all their other bad habits.

lots of questions.... no definitive answer, hmmmmmmmz.

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