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Beef and the Mediterranean Diet: Surprising New Research

Mar 01, 2019 06:00AM ● By MED Magazine

Many people are aware that the Mediterranean diet is one of the most popular eating patterns and its popularity continues to rise alongside the increasing need for healthier eating patterns and lifestyles.

The diet is often characterized by a relatively high consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts/seeds and olive oil, and lower in sweets, sodium and red meat.

Interestingly, many Mediterranean countries eat about the same amount or more red meat as the United States, but those countries pair red meat with more fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains and healthy oils.

New scientific evidence shows that a Mediterranean-style eating pattern that includes lean, unprocessed red meat can improve cardiometabolic risk factors, such as blood pressure and total and LDL cholesterol.1 This study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that a healthy dietary pattern incorporating lean, unprocessed beef alongside poultry and/or fish offers the same cardiovascular health-promoting properties as a red meat restricted dietary pattern.2-3

To learn more about this research and other studies behinds beef’s nutritional qualities visit  

1 O'Connor LE, Paddon-Jones D, Wright AJ, Campbell WW.  A Mediterranean-style eating pattern with lean, unprocessed red meat has cardiometabolic benefits for adults who are overweight or obese in a randomized, crossover, controlled feeding trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2018, nqy075.

2 Maki KC, et al. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing lipid effects of beef with poultry and/or fish consumption. J Clin Lipidol 2012;6:352-61.

3 Roussell MA, et al. Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet study: Effects on lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins. Am J Clin Nutr 2012;95:9-16.

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