A meta-analysis of studies that followed nearly 350,000 people for decades found "no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease." So if you're buying lean cuts because you think they'll help you avoid a heart attack, well, they won't. In fact, there's no such thing as a healthy meat.
"People say that lean meat is better for you because of saturated fat, but that's like saying, 'We do sugar-free marshmallows' or something," Dr. Greger says. "That's better, but still, marshmallows aren't great."
The problem isn't the fat… it's the meat
It sounds like hyperbole, but if you regularly eat red meat -- which includes beef, pork, lamb, hamburgers, bacon, sausage, salami, and other processed meats -- your life will be significantly shortened. Harvard researchers say so, and not just because they looked at a few friends and family members and decided it was the case.
They followed 122,000 men and women for 28 years. People who ate meat died younger, and it wasn't because they were skipping workouts to drink a bunch and chain-smoke. No, the study controlled and accounted for these lifestyle factors, and even then the meat eaters died at a younger age, on average. The verdict is in: If you eat meat, you're not giving yourself the best chance to live as possible.