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Podcast – The Latest Research – How Red Meat Can Improve Your Health with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

Podcast – The Latest Research – How Red Meat Can Improve Your Health with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

Description: Between the latest online fads and the crazy media headlines, it’s easier than ever to get confused about your health. If you want to make better decisions about your health today so you can feel better and live longer, you’ve come to the right place.

Should doctors make massive health recommendations based on weak evidence? It seems strange, but one of the most controversial points in a healthy diet is also one of the most essential — protein has been villainized for too long and is the topic of today’s myth-busting episode.

I’m joined today by return podcast guest Gabrielle Lyon, a fellowship-trained physician and expert in nutritional science and geriatrics to discuss the facts about protein. We talk about the data surrounding the claims that red meat contributes to obesity, is linked to cancer, and has a negative environmental impact. Dr. Lyon shares the truth about protein, including ideal protein intake amounts and the reason that our bodies will continue to crave calories until our protein needs are met.

Key Takeaways:

[1:10] Today’s topic is red meat and the dangers, data, and environmental impact surrounding it.

[2:25] The meta-analysis that proved no one actually needs to reduce the 2 ounces of red meat they eat each day.

[5:45] Relative and absolute risk as it is associated with eating red meat, and the dangers of making health recommendations on weak evidence.

[9:17] The health benefits of eating red meat, one of the top OG superfoods, include B-12, zinc, and iron, and the need for randomized controlled trials in diet recommendations.

[12:56] The history of humans consuming red meat for the last 2.5 billion years and the big picture for cancer risks associated with animal proteins.

[17:50] What is the actual environmental impact of our dietary choices when consuming red meat?

[20:00] The moral duty doctors have to share the truth and debunk the myths surrounding red meat.

[24:02] Dr. C. dives deep into the information surrounding linoleic acid and proteins in dietary intake.

[26:39] The biggest issue that Dr. Lyon sees in her clinic is not excess red meat intake specifically, but excess caloric intake in general. She offers guidelines for ideal protein and overall dietary intake to achieve optimal health.

[32:50] The benefits of food tracking to set a baseline for your dietary needs.

[35:50] Do we just need to eat more vegetables to achieve optimal health? Our bodies will continue craving calories until we meet our protein needs, and Dr. Lyon explains why.

[38:44] Dr. Lyon concludes the interview with a simple stance — there is no evidence that red meat is bad.

[41:28] Do you have a topic you’d like me to cover? Contact me on Facebook or Instagram using #medicalmyths.


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“This topic is so emotional because it has a face. If we were talking about turnips, no one would care.” — Gabrielle Lyon

“Eating red meat is not the adult equivalent of running with scissors.” — Gabrielle Lyon

“Humans have been eating red meat for 2.5 billion years. To have propaganda against it is very dangerous for society.” — Gabrielle Lyon

“To protect your metabolism, you need more high-quality animal proteins in your diet as you age and in midlife than ever before.” — Gabrielle Lyon