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New evidence lifts the stakes on the meat vs fish debate

By Hugh Barrett

Two recent papers have shed more light on the benefits of fish oils and the reasons why red meat might be bad for you.

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We have all been told that eating fish is good for you and equally, that eating red meat is bad. But is this true? And if so, why? This has been the subject of much research over the past 60 years. Two recent papers, one about the benefits of fish oils and the other about the reasons why red meat might be bad for you, have helped shed more light on the matter.

Taking fish oils has long been thought to provide numerous health benefits but the overall effect has been complicated by inconsistent results from clinical trials. There are many reasons for this, but the main two surround the complexity of how the active components in fish oil bring about their benefits and also the question of exactly how much fish oil a person needs to consume before seeing benefits.

Fish oils are thought to have an effect in lowering triglyceride levels in the blood. Triglycerides are a type of fat whose elevated levels in the body are frequently observed in obese people.

Triglycerides represent an important risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. So much so, that the recent National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance guidelines for management...

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