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Medical Doctors Learn Red Meat Benefits

C. Phillips | December 20, 2018

Eighteen medical doctors and providers explored research that supports red meat as part of heart healthy diet at a dinner seminar in Rochester, N.Y., hosted by New York Beef Council Oct. 30. 

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 successful.  

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 Councils. For more information on the event, contact Cindy Chan Phillips, R.D., cphillips@nybeef.org. 

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