uncooked steakWith the weather expected to climb to 80° this week, it may finally be time to light up the grill and throw some steaks on for your spring cookout. Of all cookout foods, steak reigns supreme in terms of popularity, price and, (almost) objectively, flavor. Whether it be a filet mignon, ribeye, NY strip, prime rib, top sirloin, or porterhouse, there’s no other cut of meat that inspires such enthusiasm amongst its fans. However, there are few other cuts of meat that also pose such a wide array of health risks.

Red meats are often high in salt and saturated fats, which raises cholesterol

While more casual steak fans may forego seasoning in favor of a barbecue sauce, steak purists will typically begin their preparations by using a rub on their steak comprised of salt, pepper and garlic. Researchers show that there’s a strong link between salt consumption and high cholestorol. This means the more salt used in the seasoning, the more unhealthy the steak becomes.

In addition to salt, many red meats are high in saturated fats. There’s also an undeniable connection between high cholesterol and high saturated fat consumption. People with high cholesterol are also generally more likely to develop heart disease, which may lead to risks such as heart attacks.

Evidence suggests high amounts of red meat consumption may increase the likeliness to develop cancer

While the meat industry claims there’s no conncection between red meat consumption and cancer, many believe heightened red meat consumption may increase the chances of developing colorectal cancer.

Some researchers also believe that there’s a chance the carcinogens consumed – produced during the cooking process – may lead to cancer as well. The American Institute for Cancer Research find that among cancers, the most compelling evidence suggesting a link between red meat and cancer, is in their research for colorectal cancer. However, they also found that there was a minor connection between pancreatic, stomach, lung and esophagal cancers as well.

To see if you have high blood cholesterol, visit us at AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care Southcenter, as one of our board-certified physicians can conduct a physical examination to determine your health. For more information, call us at 425.291.3300.