The “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner” ads from the early 1990s seem to have resonated with certain Americans.
A study from the scientific journal Nutrients reports that about 12% of the population — primarily people aged 50 to 65 and men more generally — eat half of the country’s burgers, steaks, and other beef products.
What was studied?
The study used surveys to analyze the eating habits of Americans. Researchers were shocked by the fact that such a small part of the population is devouring most of the beef, according to a report from Insider.
Why are the results significant?
Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer were on Harvard’s list of problems with a “link” to high consumption of red or processed meats, according to the university’s Dr. Frank Hu. He was writing to debunk reports that claimed no health risks are associated with eating lots of beef.
“The evidence shows that people with a relatively low intake have lower health risks,” he said in the Harvard story.
What if I like hamburgers?
There’s good news for the 12%, because experts at the Mayo Clinic report that we don’t have to cut out juicy burgers, just ease up.
What are alternatives?
“We tend to think of beef as a steak or a brisket,” Rose said to Insider. “But that’s about one-third of what’s consumed on any given day. The other two-thirds are from mixed dishes like soups, stews, pastas, and burritos. There’s a way to cut back on beef in all of those dishes if you’re concerned about your health or the environment.”
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