Meat: To Eat or Not To Eat?

December 17, 2019

I have to admit; I love a nice medium rare NY strip now and then.

And I was a “happy camper” doing the paleo craze promoting the consumption of excellent health by eating very low carbs and more protein from red meat?

But as a researcher and clinician, I have to manage my biases and focus on what is best for my patients. Period.

This past year, after more even more than usual research, I conclude the following about eating red meat and prostate cancer:

  • Eating red meat is not necessary at all for your health and longevity, with or without prostate cancer.
  • You can get all your protein from a plant-based diet, but it requires discipline to stay away from simple carbs and eat whole-grains and other high protein-based plant foods like beans.
  • If you are going to eat red meat a few things are important not to cause harm to your body:
    • Eat Grass-fed or wild-caught meat (the good type), like elk when possible. These meats have much higher nutritional value and are likely neutral with regards to prostate cancer.
    • Don’t overcook it at high temperatures. Eat it medium-rare at a minimum. If you don’t trust eating it like this is safe, then don’t have it at all. Meats cooked in high temp (charred) are likely more harmful than the meat itself.
    • Always eat it with cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower for prostate cancer protection and overall optimal wellness.
    • Add the spice rosemary to it. Just douse it on top of the steak. Rosemary has anti-cancer properties and limits the formation of cancer-causing chemicals from exposing the meat to heat.
    • If eating a “good type,” eat it no more than two times a week. If eating the less than “good type, “eat it no more than once a week and follow the instruction from number 3.

Now you can have your steak and eat it too.

Make it a Great Day,

Dr. Geo



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