Cardiologist, Researcher and Author Michael Davidson M.D.,
delivered an evidence-based session entitled Can a Mediterranean Diet with Lean Meats Reduce Cardiovascular Risk? The session included lively discussion
with attendees on the cardiovascular effect of consuming red meat.
The Mediterranean diet is a popular eating pattern, and its acceptance
continues to rise. Dr. Davidson began with the history of the Mediterranean
diet and cardiovascular benefits, then reviewed a body of research showing the
heart health benefits of healthy diets inclusive of red meat, including a recent
published study that shows a Mediterranean-style eating pattern that includes
lean red meat can improve cardiometabolic risk1.
The attendees were encouraged to assess the evidence and re-think
if red meat has a place in a Mediterranean style eating pattern. The doctors were extremely attentive and had a
strong desire to learn more about nutrition.
After the presentation, attendees enjoyed a nutritious beef
tenderloin dinner and continued the conversation with Dr. Davidson and Cindy
Chan Phillips, MBA, R.D., NYBC director of nutrition education.
Survey results of participants showed the event was very
After the event, 86 percent
said they would be more likely to recommend beef to patients. About 79 percent
improved greatly their knowledge that beef is part of a healthy diet.
“We will use your teaching expertise in the near future to
directly help our patients,” reflected one M.D. attendee. “I learned a lot from
it. I'll surely use what I learned to teach my future patients how to make
better food choices as well,” wrote another.
“The providers are so devoted to the care of their patients,” said
Chan Phillips. “Many thanked me and took extra material to share with their
fellow colleagues. Imagine the patients who are empowered with more balanced
life-style advice they can stick with?”
Phillips’ work with the NYBC is financially supported by the Kansas and Nebraska Beef
For more information on the event, contact
Cindy Chan Phillips, R.D., email@example.com.
1 O’Connor LE, et al. A Mediterranean-style
eating pattern with lean, unprocessed red meat has cardiometabolic benefits for
adults who are overweight or obese in a randomized, crossover, controlled
feeding trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2018, nqy075