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Meat Is Not the Enemy

Dr. Stephen Freedland Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

When it comes to a healthy diet, meat often gets a bad rap. “I think this concept that animal meat is the enemy, and is awful…I don’t think is true,” says Dr. Stephen Freedland, Director of the Center for Integrated Research in Cancer and Lifestyle at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, “I think part of the problem is how we process the meat, how we cook the meat, what we eat with the meat.”

Freedland points to a study in The Lancet medical journal that looked at 135,000 people in 15 countries and on five continents. What the study found was that people who consumed more fats, more protein and less carbohydrates actually lived longer, and were less likely to get a lot of different types of cancer.

There seems to be a general consensus that processed meats are not good for you. In fact, the World Health Organization says says they are probably carcinogenic. Dr. Freedland recommends eating “whole foods” like fruit and vegetables, and animals that are eating their natural diets. That means grass-fed steaks, free-range chicken and also wild-caught fish. And hold the bacon.

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Dr. Stephen Freedland is Director of the Center for Integrated Research in Cancer and Lifestyle at Cedars-Sinai and a faculty physician in the Division of Urology at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. Read More