So stay away from all that fat, cholesterol and calories—unless you’re underweight and want to reach a healthier weight. Then eat all you want.
Unless you gain too much weight, in which case all those healthy foods you were eating are bad!
Truth is, avoiding meat and its alleged fat content doesn’t help you lose weight. And eating meat doesn’t make you gain weight, because if it did, then generations of boxers who needed to make weight for their fights wouldn’t have spent weeks eating steak at their training tables, would they?
As a matter of fact, even as our national obesity stats continue to soar, per capita beef consumption reached a new low last year, at 55 pounds per person.
Again: If fat is so bad—and meat is loaded with it—then why is obesity going up, even as meat consumption is going down?
It doesn’t make sense, unless you recognize that eating meat isn’t the problem.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Dan Murphy, a veteran food-industry journalist and commentator.