One of the first things people learn when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (or trying to prevent it) is that most kinds of carbs are bad for you.
You would be told to stay away from sugar, white flour, pasta, rice and even fruits. Instead you’d be told to eat more protein and vegetables.
But a new disturbing study indicates that this may not be the best approach. In fact, it reveals that the #1 food cause for type 2 diabetes may not be carbs.
Recently, the results of a 20-year long mega-study involving more than 120,000 participants was released that looked at diet and the development of type 2 diabetes.
The study lead and renowned nutrition researcher, Walter Willett, uncovered a major risk factor in a person’s tendency to develop the disease.
After looking at lifestyle and diet factors, Willett discovered that people who had an increased consumption of red meat also had a corresponding elevation in their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.In fact, people who ate a diet loaded with red meat are found to be 48% more likely to develop diabetes than their low-meat-eating peers.
Other problems that an over-abundance of red meat in the diet contributes to are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. People with diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing these conditions anyway, as a complication of diabetes.
The study underscores what many nutritionists and dieticians have been telling their diabetic clients for years, which is that even lean red meat can be a problem if it dominates the diet.
The study did not, however, take into account what the source of the red-meat was. Did it come from organic-grass-fed beef or antibiotic-pumped up corn fed beef? I hope further studies will look more closely at this issue.
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