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Eating Red Meat on a Low Carb Diet Could Kill You Fast

Posted Sep 11 2010 7:42pm

Low carbohydrate diets are effective for losing fat. The low-carb approach is more effective than the low-fat or low-calorie approach to dieting, when trying to lose fat.

However, the question we’ve been asking for the last 20 years, or since the birth of Atkins, is – which foods are the healthiest protein sources on a low-carb diet?

Some choices include eggs, chicken, bacon, sausage, beef, salmon, white fish, shellfish, ham, pork, nuts, beans, and tofu. Since tofu is nasty, and can lead to increased risk of cancer and elevated estrogen levels in men, we won’t discuss it. But what about red meat and other meats that are high in saturated fat?


We already know that saturated fats in red meat and other fatty meat like bacon and sausage, are not good for your heart or cholesterol levels. This has been confirmed in a recent study that spanned 20 years and involved 130,000 health professionals.

Here are the nasty results from that study:

The study, based on regularly administered questionnaires, found that eating a low-carb diet based on meat protein was associated with a 23% higher risk of death from any cause, 14% greater risk of heart-related death, and 28% greater risk of cancer-related death.

Eating a vegetable protein-based low-carb diet, however, was associated with a 20% lower risk of death from any cause and a 23% lower risk of death from heart disease.

So there you have it. When following a low-carb diet, try to stay away from meats that are high in saturated fat. Always choose 95% lean ground beef if you must eat red meat. Avoid pigs and cows for the most part.
Choose these healthier sources of protein:

  • fish
  • nuts
  • beans
  • chicken
  • egg whites
  • venison
  • buffalo

Read more about the study here: Meat Protein Risky in Low-Carb Diets

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