Where’s the beef? Not on your plate every day if you want to keep your heart ticking into your twilight years. A population study on women over age 50 suggests that diets high in protein (animal protein in particular) may increase the risk of heart failure. While this study shows only an association, not cause and effect, it aligns with a large body of research that shows the health risks of eating too much animal protein. Be skeptical of dieting trends that emphasize or demonize entire groups of nutrients, whether fat, protein, or carbohydrates. Instead aim for a Mediterranean-style menu, which has stood the test of time — and science! The Mediterranean diet, linked to lower rates of not only heart disease but also cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, is all about fresh, high-quality, whole foods: colorful vegetables, fresh herbs, fruit, whole grains, legumes, olive oil, nuts, seafood, and very small amounts of meat and cheese. In other words, your taste buds and your health need not be in conflict. Our Go! Foods for You program
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Source: Mostly meat, high protein diet linked to heart failure in older women