Transcript: Modern Meat Not Ahead of the Game
“There is evidence of a link… between a form of low-grade systemic inflammation and several chronic diseases. This subclass of inflammation has been labelled ‘metaflammation,’ 'paraflammation', or ‘smouldering' inflammation."
“Obesity, is known to be associated with this form of inflammation,” though a recent paper argues that obesity may be more of a canary in the coal mine. Well if this inflammation is now known to underlie most, if not all forms of chronic disease, what are some inducers of this inflammation? Well, that mineshaft might actually be one—air pollution and rising CO2 levels, but also second-hand smoke, inactivity, too much activity—like marathon runners actually may be stressing their bodies out too much, excessive alcohol, calories, fast food, Western diet, saturated and trans fat, not enough fiber, and too much sugar, meat and salt. Note though they specify domestic meat. Might wild game be healthier?
One study comparing the meat of both captive, and wild pheasants, for example, found significantly more saturated fat in the domesticated birds, which is one of the components blamed for helping to trigger the meat-induced postprandial—or “after-meal” inflammatory response, given the potent inflammatory effects of saturated fats. So wild animals would seem the least unhealthy meat option, but it wasn't until recently when we got any real evidence one way or the other.
This group of Australian researchers compared the amount of inflammation triggered by modern meat, domesticated animal meat, compared to that triggered by kangaroo meat. They looked at three different inflammatory markers, Tumor necrosis factor, interleukin 6 and C-reactive protein. Here’s the regular meat, big spike in inflammation one hour, two hours after the meat, no surprise, that’s what saturated animal fat does. But here’s the kangaroo. Sure, still causes that smoldering meta-inflammation, but not as much as store-bought meat.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Kerry Skinner.
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