Have Your STEAK and Eat it too…!


Have Your Steak and Eat It Too

Many patients come to my clinic with the idea that meat – especially steak is “bad.” They repeat what they’ve been told by other doctors: Foods high in saturated fat raise cholesterol levels and increase the chance of heart attack or stroke.

But a study published in the American Journal of Medicine agrees with what I’ve known for years that there’s no link between LDL levels (“bad” cholesterol) and heart attacks. Not only that, but as the participants in the study got older, the association between cholesterol and heart disease became weaker, not stronger. For men above age 47, cholesterol levels made no difference in cardiovascular death.

The same study found that high levels of HDL are directly linked to a lower risk of heart disease. If your HDL is above 85, you’re at no greater risk of having a heart attack if your total cholesterol is 350 or 150. This means that if you increase HDL, you can reduce coronary disease… regardless of your LDL cholesterol levels.

So forget the “meat is bad” mantra and try taking these simple steps instead:

Restore omega-3s to your diet. Grass-fed beef is your best choice. It’s “guilt-free” steak at its best. Wild-caught fish; free-farmed, organic poultry; nuts; olives; eggs; and avocados are rich in “good” fat. And cod liver oil – the best omega-3 supplement will boost your HDL levels naturally.
Know your lipid profile. If your HDL is below 35, take steps to increase it.

Fill up on niacin, which lowers both LDL and triglycerides and allows for increases in HDL. The best food source of niacin is nuts and dried beans. Many meats (such as liver, poultry, and fish) also contain niacin.

Maintain a low-carb diet. It will help balance your HDL and reduce your LDL.

Add short-duration, high-intensity exercise to your routine. Exercising in short bursts – as with my PACE program – boosts reserve capacity in your heart (critical for avoiding heart attacks) and raises HDL.

Thank you Al Sears, MD
[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears is a practicing physician and an expert on heart health. You can learn how to apply his winning heart-healthy strategies in The Doctor’s Heart Cure.]

Personally I do not eat red meat…I can count the times I ate it on one hand, last year.

But I know you meat eaters, would appreciate this post…SO…you steak and potatoes lovers out there…ENJOY!

Remember though, you are what you eat! LOL

Save the Bovines!

Smiles and world peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

~ by thebabyboomerqueen on June 26, 2007.

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