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Cut this supper staple from the menu tonight to protect your family's heart health!

by , 16 April 2013

Are you a ‘red meat and potatoes' family? If so, you need to pay attention: You're actually putting your family's heart health at risk! There's no better time to make a change than now, with the world still reeling at news that Johnny du Plooy, "The Golden Boy" of South African boxing, died on Friday morning from heart disease. Coupled with this, a new study shows that there's a definite link between heart disease and the red meat compound L-carnitine, which has been promoted as healthy - until now...

 
You already know you should stay away from charred meats where you can, as these are known to raise your cancer risk.
 
But did you know that L-carnitine, the nutrient abundant in red meat, can also raise your risk of heart disease?
 
That’s why UK government already recommends individuals eat no more than 70g of red meat daily, says IOL.

Now, new research shows the L-carnitine is broken down by gut bacteria to produce trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), which previous research has linked to heart disease and artery damage.
 
That’s why you should limit your intake of red meat.
 
Here’s what to prepare for supper instead of red meat to keep your family’s hearts healthy!
 
Instead, go for a plant-based diet, says WebMD.
 
This means replacing red meat with white meat like chicken or meat substitutes such as soy or tofu, and making sure your diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains. 
 
Cutting down on fatty red meat also protects your heart from heart disease by keeping your cholesterol levels low, says The Telegraph
 
Your LDL cholesterol levels should ideally be lower than 200 milligrams per decilitre of blood, says ABCNews.
 
Beat high cholesterol by making these diet changes today
 
So if they’re not at this level, you’ll need to make sure your diet is also rich in natural cholesterol fighters like beta-carotene, vitamins C and E and zinc.
 
You can make sure you’re getting enough of these vital vitamins and minerals by eating leafy greens, plenty of citrus fruit and tomatoes as often as you can, says FSP Health.
 
You’ll be protecting your family’s heart health, with the added bonus that you’ll soon have more energy than if you’d stuck to your supper staple of fatty red meat!
 

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