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Guilty pleasures: How often can you eat a juicy steak?

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By Linda Geddes Never eat processed meat (Image: Corbis) A succulent steak with creamy peppercorn sauce or a chunky burger laden with cheese. Could there be a better route to heaven (via a heart attack)? Meat often gets a bad rap when it comes to health. When consumed in abundance, red meat probably does raise the risk of colorectal cancer and cardiovascular disease. So what do you do if steak and blue cheese just happen to be your favourite flavour combination? Well, you might be on to a winner – it’s just possible that adding dairy to your meat consumption might limit the damage. “Eating dairy with your meat might just help to limit the damage” First, it might help mop up some of the fat. France has one of the highest levels of cheese consumption in the world, yet one of the lowest levels of coronary heart disease. Some put this down to the fact that the French also consume a lot of vegetables, but several studies suggest that consuming cheese or milk causes a drop in the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in people’s blood. “When you look at people who eat a lot of cheese compared to those who don’t eat any, there’s no difference in cardiovascular risk or diabetes – and if anything it tends to be beneficial,” says Arne Astrup at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. One possible explanation is that the calcium present in abundance in cheese is binding to fatty acids and cholesterol in the gut, causing some of them to be excreted. However,