Wot! Like Beef!?

March 24th, 2009
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Nah, I like chicken! :P

Ehn-nee-waaaay...

In a recent study, it was discovered that eating red meat increases your chances of dying early. Their study of "red meats" included succulent steaks, bodacious burgers, and precious pork chops. Geez, why don't you just take all the fun out of BBQs, picnics and sports bars already? Next they'll be saying beer causes blindness or somethin'.

So here's the article. Read um and I'll meet ya at the bottom with tears in our eyes...

Red meat linked to risk of earlier death

Eating red meat increases the chances of dying prematurely, according to a large federal study offering powerful new evidence that a diet that regularly includes steaks, burgers and pork chops is hazardous to your health.

The study of more than 500,000 middle-age and elderly Americans found that those who consumed the equivalent of about a small hamburger every day were more than 30 percent more likely to die in the following 10 years, mostly from heart disease and cancer. Processed meats also increased the risk.

The new study is the first large examination of the relationship between eating meat and overall mortality.

In contrast, routine consumption of fish, chicken, turkey and other poultry decreased the risk of death slightly, the study found.

Although pork often is promoted as "white meat," it is believed to increase the risk for cancer because of its iron content, said Rashmi Sinha of the National Cancer Institute, who led the study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"This would be the Rolls-Royce of studies on this topic," said Barry Popkin, a professor of global nutrition at the University of North Carolina, who wrote an accompanying editorial.

There are many explanations for how red meat might be unhealthy: Cooking red meat generates cancer-causing compounds; red meat is also high in saturated fat, which has been associated with breast and colorectal cancer; and meat is also high in iron, which also is believed to promote cancer. People who eat red meat are more likely to have high blood pressure and cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. Processed meats contain substances known as nitrosamines, which have been linked to cancer.

The American Meat Institute, a trade group, dismissed the findings, saying they were based on unreliable self-reporting by study participants.

After accounting for other variables such as smoking and physical activity, the researchers found that men who consumed the most red meat -- about a quarter-pound a day -- were 31 percent more likely to die for any reason, 22 percent more likely to die of cancer and 27 percent more likely to die of heart disease than those who ate the least meat. Women who ate the most red meat were 36 percent more likely to die for any reason, 20 percent more likely to die from cancer and 50 percent more likely to die from heart disease.

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Sad no? Actually, to be quite honest, I'm not a heavy duty red meat eater. Don't get me wrong. I looooove me some steaks/burgers/pork, but I don't necessarily eat it on the regular. Reading this article makes me want to sell out and turn veggie though. You?

Talk to me!
* Are you a meatatarian? How often do you grind the red stuff?
* What's your favorite? Beef? Burgers? Pork? Other?
* Got any secret new bbq steak recipes for the WWE `Ohana?
* What about you chicken lovahs out dea? Holla!
* Are you a vegetarian? Any one particular reason why you chose to do so?
* Allergic to shellfish? This seems to be common in my personal experience.
* Hate foods with fishy tastes?
* What food can't you stand?

P.S. Congrats to Team Japan for beating Team Korea 5-3 in extra innings in an exciting World Baseball Classic Championship game! Sorry for yelling so loud neighbors. ;) Apologies also to the neighbors' of my 'rents. I'm sure they were equally loud. :P

Have a happy Tuesday y'all!

49 Responses to “Wot! Like Beef!?”

  1. bB:

    i guess like everything, moderation is the key.

    that was a awesome baseball game. ichiro was the man!


  2. che:

    Ed, that's not good news for me. I'll be turning 47 soon and eat a lot of meat and pork. I do like chicken, turkey and fish but I can be a fast food junkie for bugers especially for lunch. "The Counter" though over priced is my new favorite burger.

    I guess I'd better eat healthier and change my diet and eat the $1 McChicken sandwich instead of the double cheese burger.


  3. MakiSushi:

    My doctor told me to lay off red meat years ago, 'bout 20 years, so I faithfully listened to him. But, man, I sure digs a nice juicy steak once in a while! I eat plenty chicken. Like to eat fish but hard to find the cheap kine - loves pan fried akule, opelu. Fresh mahimahi is terrific, but hard to find and very expensive.

    What a game last night! I wanted Korea to win but das okay, a great game! All the stars came thru - Ichiro da big star, Daisuke MVP, and Darvish going attract lots of attention, even 'tho he blew the save. Da kid get one live arm, one wicked slider.

    Everybody ragging the Korea coach for pitching to Ichiro; but eh, das MAN baseball, not panty american style intentional walk. Mano a mano, dat made for the great moment in da game. Das what it's all about! Okay nuff already, my blood pressure rising. kate, come back, let's talk older women, younger men! :lol:


  4. frankie:

    I've found that vegetarians and vegans are usually angrier than the average meat eater. I'd rather die earlier than have everyone think that I'm always walking around like a bug crawled up my okole and died! :-)


  5. uncle jimmy:

    hooo Maki, t'roween' down da nacho sportz riffs... hoo, da nice..

    so anywayz, eh, Maki, you nevah heard da song, hey nineteen?

    so aftah you wen spock da youngah men, what you goin' talk about?

    here's a laugh, donald fagan who wrote that song in 1980 when he was 32 and she was 19, is now 61 and she's 48..

    let's face it, nowadayz, it's all about da laffs an' da conversation, yes, no, maybe so?..


  6. uncle jimmy:

    is kal-bi red meat.. if so, i might be in trouble..


  7. Ynaku:

    Come on! Let's get to it. You like BEEF eh?

    hee hee, I like beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, shellfish. I no like goat, sheep. Ate Moose hot dogs, Bear sausage.

    I eat what I like in moderation. I mean I not going eat fast food EVERYDAY. Gotta be balance.


  8. zzzzzz:

    Iron promotes cancer?? OTOH, people who don't have red meat in their diets are at much greater risk of anemia.

    As bB says, moderation is the key.


  9. MakiSushi:

    uncle jimmy, you sure know your music! That's a cool song. Take it easy on the kal bi! eh, I neva hear "yes, no, maybe so" in a long time. :lol:


  10. uncle jimmy:

    eh, Maki, da point was only incidentally about da song..

    da point was slightly mo' shahp den dat..

    so waiting on yo' feedback op-inion..


  11. EMM386:

    Hambugers rule! I totally love 'em. In real life, I eat 'em maybe once every couple of weeks and tend to stay at chicken most of the time.


  12. skycastles:

    Uh oh, looks like I better cut back on my visits to Blazin' Steaks for lunch. Eh, who am I kidding? I rather die happily grindin' on some good steak than live forever munching on some sort of weird vegetation mix.


  13. MakiSushi:

    uncle, for me, I no like big difference in age. I had affinity for older women, but only by two, three years. Definitely gotta like da same kine music, movies, etc. I cannot be digging on the monkees, li'dat.

    In terms of older woman crush, I fell for Julie Christie after watching "Dr. Zhivago" in my puberty days, dat started it.

    Back to topic; in terms of beef, I like mine aged too. :lol:


  14. MakiSushi:

    and skycastles got da right idea about meataterian vs vegetarian. You rock! with apologies to the vegetarians.


  15. uncle jimmy:

    Maki..

    we mus' be close in age.. i wen see Dr. Z maybe fawteen times..

    t'ink it was about junior year in h.s...

    julie christie, along wit' ashley judd, an' diane lane, are some of the only haole faces who still get response.. i wen local about 1970 an' nevah look back..

    so do you know da difference between japanese, chinese, korean, okinawan, and filipino girlz...

    i do..

    there are diffs across multiple dimensionz...


  16. tita leerz:

    7th Day adventist don't eat pork....Okinawans eat pork....both sets are groups where I know "oldest living people" in my family.

    well rounded meals are the way to go!


  17. tita leerz:

    me? i like meat. but not THAT much


  18. tita leerz:

    the problem today with americans is that we tend to overdo everything! super size dis and dat. 32 oz steaks! crazy mofos.


  19. tita leerz:

    i got my RANT yesterday and tried to activate it via the web. couldn't for some reason.. so i'm on "chat" with a tech. donkeys.


  20. tita leerz:

    i've been trying to resolve a problem in activation for an hour!


  21. tita leerz:

    DONKEYS! I like beef already!


  22. uncle jimmy:

    so tita, could you relive a convo wit' one "tech donkey" fo' us?

    should be reel freakin' hill-larry-us..

    you driveen' a RANT phone.. some t'ings too perfeck, yeah?


  23. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    Live life to the fullest! If enjoying life means eating beef, so be it, be happy! Hopefully your life would not only revolve around beef eating!

    Way to go "Japan"! What a baseball game last nite! Even the wife cheered for Japan!


  24. tita leerz:

    now i gotta go to the store because tech donkey couldn't figure it out!
    mind you, i was transferred to the tech after the initial customer service couldn't get it. the problem was that the phone isn't getting a signal for service. my old phone is already deactivated but still catches a signal.

    HIM: please go to tools to update phone.
    ME: ok
    JIM: now hit update firmware (we had to go back to factory settings and start all over again). it start the update automatically.
    ME: it says no data service available.
    HIM: your plan shows you don't have any data services. can i add it to your account temporarily for this? it will just be a couple dollars more on your next bill.
    ME: but does it matter if it can't even catch any signal?
    HIM: you will have to be in a Sprint coverage area for this to work.
    ME: that's the problem. the new phone doesn't look like it's catching any signal. my old phone is sitting right next to it and it has 4 bars!
    that's where he says i should go into a store.
    THEN...they have the audacity to ask me to evaluate that session! DOUBLE YOU, TEE, EFF!

    DONKEYS, I tell you! DONKEYS!

    Would that be considered red meat?


  25. Coconut Willy:

    i needs my cow! But in moderation.


  26. uncle jimmy:

    ahh hahahahahaha are donkeys red meat? ahh hahahahahahaha

    i knew it wud be hill-larry-us..


  27. kate:

    @Maki -

    I'm here...talk to me! Did you see the last comment from yesterday? About my nephew and older girls/women? So if you like the older girls too, were you thinking like my nephew? Just wondering if all guys think like that.

    I only caught part of that baseball game. It's been recorded on my DVR so maybe I'll watch the parts I missed. Since I haven't seen a baseball game within the last couple of months, I don't mind watching it. During baseball season, we go to lots of Dodger games and by the end of the season I'm sick of baseball. This is the first year I'm not going to opening day! Gotta work that day...bummers Ok, nuff about baseball.


  28. kate:

    Wow, good thing I don't eat too much red meat. Hmmm..but pork is red meat too? Guess we're having red meat tonight then - daughter is making pork chops for dinner.

    I have a niece that went totally vegan a few years ago. She's probably healthier than all of us. Lots of tofu, beans, veggie burgers. I remember when she first went vegan she told me she didn't like vegetables! What?! I think all she ate then was potatoes. The problem is now when we have family get togethers, she doesn't have much to eat unless she brings her own food.


  29. kate:

    Hey all you peeps singing that Journey song from last Friday's post...I finished that song. Thanks. Was good fun singing with you guys.


  30. NeedaHobby:

    My first reaction to this post was ... what?! I thought pork was supposed to be "the other white meat"?! Anyways, like others have already mentioned, I think the key is moderation!

    Women who ate the most red meat were 36 percent more likely to die for any reason, 20 percent more likely to die from cancer and 50 percent more likely to die from heart disease.

    Oh boy, the 50% statistic left me feeling like this :shock:


  31. BananaFysh:

    @tita - Eh, wrong kine "beef" you talking about. :razz:

    Oh, THERE'S the Rant I was thinking of. ;)

    I feel your pain. I was on Sprint/Nextel before I switched to Verizon. Those donkeys drove me insane. When I switched from Sprint to Nextel I had to pay some kind of fee. WWD!?!? Aren't they the same company? How come I gotta pay a fee because of "early contract termination?!?!?!" Sheesh! :evil:

    I got fed up with their mess and wound up switching to Verizon. Hopefully I don't have issues with them like I did with Sprint.

    [/rant] ;)


  32. World Wide Ed:

    * bB:
    that was a awesome baseball game. ichiro was the man!

    I called it baby! Eeecheeroooow! :)

    * che:
    "The Counter" though over priced is my new favorite burger.

    I've been meaning to get out there too one of these days che. Perhaps that'll be my last burger everNOT! (Borat) :P

    * MakiSushi:
    Everybody ragging the Korea coach for pitching to Ichiro; but eh, das MAN baseball, not panty american style intentional walk. Mano a mano, dat made for the great moment in da game. Das what it's all about! Okay nuff already, my blood pressure rising.

    I like your style Maks! I cannot stand panty style too! Though there is some strategy in loading um up, da man-up, best against da best is da way to go fo sho!

    * frankie:
    I've found that vegetarians and vegans are usually angrier than the average meat eater. I'd rather die earlier than have everyone think that I'm always walking around like a bug crawled up my okole and died!

    Not setting a good example Dr. Frankenstein! ;)

    * uncle jimmy:
    let's face it, nowadayz, it's all about da laffs an' da conversation, yes, no, maybe so?..

    Haha! I love that saying uji!

    * uncle jimmy:
    is kal-bi red meat.. if so, i might be in trouble..

    Yesh! (Michael Scott)

    * Ynaku:
    Come on! Let's get to it. You like BEEF eh?

    Haha! Oh yeah, continuation from last time yeah naks!? Nah, I no like mess with anyone from Ynaku. :P

    * zzzzzz:
    Iron promotes cancer?? OTOH, people who don't have red meat in their diets are at much greater risk of anemia.

    LOL! Good way of looking at it zzzzzz!

    * MakiSushi:
    uncle jimmy, you sure know your music! That's a cool song. Take it easy on the kal bi! eh, I neva hear "yes, no, maybe so" in a long time.

    I wonder what other old school sayings are out there that we miss. Hmm... Flashback Friday? ;)

    * EMM386:
    Hambugers rule! I totally love 'em. In real life, I eat 'em maybe once every couple of weeks and tend to stay at chicken most of the time.

    Who serves your favorite EMMs? I like the cheap cheeseburger from Mickey Dees for some reason. Haha!

    * skycastles:
    Uh oh, looks like I better cut back on my visits to Blazin' Steaks for lunch. Eh, who am I kidding? I rather die happily grindin' on some good steak than live forever munching on some sort of weird vegetation mix.

    LOL! YOLO right sky!? You Only Live Once!

    * MakiSushi:
    In terms of older woman crush, I fell for Julie Christie after watching "Dr. Zhivago" in my puberty days, dat started it.

    *confused* :P

    * uncle jimmy:
    so do you know da difference between japanese, chinese, korean, okinawan, and filipino girlz...

    i do..

    there are diffs across multiple dimensionz...

    Please share uji. I'm interested to hear your theories. *grin*

    * tita leerz:
    the problem today with americans is that we tend to overdo everything! super size dis and dat. 32 oz steaks! crazy mofos.

    Word. You evah been Japan? Their Mickey Dee portions are soooo small in comparison!

    * Kel Sr.:
    Way to go "Japan"! What a baseball game last nite! Even the wife cheered for Japan!

    Haha, really!? jr. said she was getting irate. 8) Well played by both teams though. Really good game. The game ran long so my recording missed the ending, but good thing I was watching it live. Exciting!

    * Coconut Willy:
    i needs my cow! But in moderation.

    Hehe! Moderate cow? :)

    * kate:
    @Maki - I'm here...talk to me! Did you see the last comment from yesterday? About my nephew and older girls/women? So if you like the older girls too, were you thinking like my nephew? Just wondering if all guys think like that.

    There are probably many studies on this, but here's my theory katedawg:

    The key is finding the person who is at the same maturity level (and life clock) as you. Naturally, girls mature faster then boys, so a younger girl and an older boy would be ideal. An older woman would get annoyed at the younger immature boy and the younger dude would get annoyed at the bossy ol' lady. Won't work. How's dat theory? She go? Agree? Disagree? 8)

    * kate:
    I have a niece that went totally vegan a few years ago. She's probably healthier than all of us. Lots of tofu, beans, veggie burgers. I remember when she first went vegan she told me she didn't like vegetables! What?! I think all she ate then was potatoes. The problem is now when we have family get togethers, she doesn't have much to eat unless she brings her own food.

    LOL! Yeah, it's tough, but I'm sure "they" kinda expect it too.

    * kate:
    Hey all you peeps singing that Journey song from last Friday's post...I finished that song. Thanks. Was good fun singing with you guys.

    As always... :)

    * NeedaHobby:
    Women who ate the most red meat were 36 percent more likely to die for any reason, 20 percent more likely to die from cancer and 50 percent more likely to die from heart disease.

    Oh boy, the 50% statistic left me feeling like this

    Yeah, not fair yeah Hobbz?

    * BananaFysh:
    I got fed up with their mess and wound up switching to Verizon. Hopefully I don't have issues with them like I did with Sprint.

    I like VZ for the most part too BF(F). You and I can call each other "unlimited-ly". Woo hoo! :)


  33. mcat:

    interesting... I don't think I eat THAT much red meat, so hopefully I'm ok. Kinda scary statistics though... but definitely couldn't be a vegetarian or vegan.


  34. NeedaHobby:

    BTW, I forgot to comment on the baseball game. Way to go Ichiro! You called it Ed ... he came through for the motherland ;)


  35. MakiSushi:

    Hi kate, I went back to check - hey, me and your nephew tink alike. I can call you aunty kate? nah, nah, kidding.

    Okay, here's my excuse. I get one older sister, by two years. So i used to warubozu her and her friends when they used to come around. "Shees, your brother sure is stupid!". I guess I enjoyed the abuse. Hey, don't start psycho analyzing me now.

    Laters, I admit that I hoped for some educational interaction with the mature set. Dream on, neva happened for me.

    As it turns out, my wife is three years younger than me. Worked out okay.


  36. NeedaHobby:

    @kate - it sounds like you're in California. Could you help me with a question? I was wondering how far of a drive it is from San Diego to L.A.? And, to Anaheim? I was thinking of making a trip out there ...

    And ... in case anyone is still interested, I started a new song on Friday's post ... ;)


  37. kate:

    NeedaHobby:

    Yup. Live in the LA area. Grew up in Honolulu/Kaneohe/Aiea (moved around a lot!) but married a kotonk and am now stuck here.

    LA is a big city so it depends where you want to drive to. I'm in the southern part of the county so it's probably about 100 miles to San Diego. You can plan on driving at least 2 hours to get to LA. If you're thinking about going to Magic Mountain or Universal Studios, add at least another hour - minimum. Anaheim is a little closer to SD and and straight shot on the I-5. It's hard to guess how long it takes because the traffic is so bad, especially since you'll be driving through Orange County. We used to go to SD a lot and found it's best to travel early in the morning - even on the weekends.


  38. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    You know how it is, when it looked like Korea was going to lose, who would you cheer for?

    Did you see number 72 in the Japan dugout with the name O_ATA? Maybe a bat boy or something, huh?


  39. kate:

    Maki is just like my nephew...never scored with the "mature set" either. So no feel bad. I told my nephew that those girls would never go out with him when he cannot even buy them a drink!

    I agree with Ed's comment about the maturity rate of girls and boys. That is fine when they're young (younger girl + older boy = good) but what happens when they get old? The boy dies! I think men still die at a younger age than women, though feed the woman enough red meat and they will die together (see how clever I am to somehow include today's topic in this conversation? haha).


  40. EMM386:

    @Ed

    I enjoy them all. From the cheap ones from Ron's House (Mickey D's) to the upscale at Counter.


  41. kuya.d:

    This will freak ed and leerz- I haven't eaten red meat since last June. I eat veggies, and once in awhile fish (poke mostly) or shmall kine chicken. I no miss the meat, but when somebody grills . . . Mmmmmm!


  42. bB:

    one quick and dirty way to grill steak is to get a good piece of steak, season with salt and pepper and then rub minced garlic from the bottle. let it sit for at least couple of hours and cook em.


  43. kuya.d:

    @leerz - one word: forgiveness (especially for donkeyz). Hee-haw! . . . Said ya gotta be startin' something . . .


  44. tita leerz:

    @kuya...no ways?!!!!
    about donkeys...yeah...i usually feel better after a little rant. get it out. i don't take it out on them and try to be diplomatic. BUT...all they gotta say is, there might be something wrong with your particular unit and I'm sorry that you'll have to take it in to a store. He just neva read good...maybe he was having a bad day. ..thanks for the reminder! :)


  45. NeedaHobby:

    @kate - thanks for info ;)


  46. skycastles:

    @ Maki & uncle jimmy -

    I just watched Dr. Zhivago all the way through for the first time earlier this month. I didn't really like it though. Wasn't as good as I was hoping. Maybe it's because I like happy endings?


  47. MakiSushi:

    skys, you sweet, innocent youngster you! :smile: I had different perspective, wuz watching for Julie Christie; das why all gah gah over "Dr Z". uncle jimmy, can I get confirmation on this? The Russian revolution was intriguing too.


  48. Chicken Grease:

    I LOVE steak. I love t-bone.

    Once you get a cut of steak done the way you like. There's no stoppin' :).

    Been busy, Ed. Sorry haven't been posting lately.


  49. World Wide Ed:

    * mcat:
    interesting... I don't think I eat THAT much red meat, so hopefully I'm ok. Kinda scary statistics though... but definitely couldn't be a vegetarian or vegan.

    I hurrrd day mcat!

    * NeedaHobby:
    BTW, I forgot to comment on the baseball game. Way to go Ichiro! You called it Ed ... he came through for the motherland

    Woo hoo!!! J-town represent! :)

    * MakiSushi:
    As it turns out, my wife is three years younger than me. Worked out okay.

    Way to go Maks! :P

    * Kel Sr.:
    You know how it is, when it looked like Korea was going to lose, who would you cheer for?

    LOL! I'm telling! Nah! ;)

    * kate:
    I agree with Ed's comment about the maturity rate of girls and boys. That is fine when they're young (younger girl + older boy = good) but what happens when they get old? The boy dies!

    LOL! So blunt, but I love it k-train! (didn't really like katedawg :P )

    * EMM386:
    @Ed - I enjoy them all. From the cheap ones from Ron's House (Mickey D's) to the upscale at Counter.

    Niiice! Then there's always the in betweens eh EMMs? ;)

    * kuya.d:
    This will freak ed and leerz- I haven't eaten red meat since last June. I eat veggies, and once in awhile fish (poke mostly) or shmall kine chicken. I no miss the meat, but when somebody grills . . . Mmmmmm!

    Ho! Not bad kuys! Impressive!

    * bB:
    one quick and dirty way to grill steak is to get a good piece of steak, season with salt and pepper and then rub minced garlic from the bottle. let it sit for at least couple of hours and cook em.

    Sounds interesting. I have on where I use garlic salt, but real garlic is always bettah fo sho beeBz.

    * Chicken Grease:
    Been busy, Ed. Sorry haven't been posting lately.

    No worries Ceeg. Take care of your bidness. Den come back when you can. If I remember correctly, you were my very first commenter when I first got this party started. Much love! :)