There seem to be a lot of foods that are "back" lately. Fat is back! Bacon is back! Eggs are back! Most of it is fueled by enthusiasm surrounding low-carb diets, Paleo, keto, Whole30, social media and perhaps a boredom with the more traditional dietary options like the Mediterranean diet. That's not a bad thing necessarily because it forces us to think about the fault in our dietary patterns, but as a nutritionist, one trend I am seeing a lot in my patients is the thought that red meat consumption is not as bad as everyone thought it was. Not so fast: Three new studies show that frequent red meat can lead to disease and an early death. One study found that dietary factors now amount for more worldwide deaths than smoking. Frequent red meat and processed meat consumption were included. What is processed meat? Let's first define what red and processed meat actually is. Anything with four legs is considered to be red meat. This includes pork (it's really not the "other white meat"). … [Read more...] about How much is too much processed or red meat?