It has been recently found by the researchers from McMaster University situated in Hamilton, Ontario, that high-level intake of cheese and red meat tends to increase human lifespan. Red meat and cheese have made their way back to a healthy diet according to these researchers. A steak or a slice of cheddar doesn’t come with as much alarm as we thought.
According to the study, those people who ingested 120 g of unprocessed meat and 3 portions dairy daily, seemed to benefit the most from it. It was seen that death risk decreased by a good 25% in these people, not to mention the risk of death-inducing heart attack which minimized by 22%. The researchers took factors like wealth, education and health habits into account as well.
Andrew Mente, a McMaster Professor of epidemiology and nutrition says that their findings seem to be challenging the conventional conceptions regarding unprocessed meat intake and full-fat dairy. Mente recommends that three portions of dairy and one portion of unprocessed red meat or white meat per day can be beneficial and protective. From their data, it is evident that saturated fat is more beneficial than carbs. White meat (chicken or turkey) were also found to exhibit similar benefits according to the researchers. The researchers also mentioned that eight portions of fruits and vegetables along with half a portion of beans and nuts can also be beneficial.
Dr. Salim Yusuf from McMaster Medical School is a teacher of cardiovascular disease. He also emphasizes that the results of their study have shown that unprocessed meat and dairy products are beneficial for the health of the heart and boosts heart longevity. He further adds that these results differ from the currently recommended diet options.
The study adds a completely new perspective on what we think is healthy or not!