The older you get, the more you get treated like a kid again — and not in a good way.
You’ll hear condescending and outright infantilizing lectures from runts half your age about everything you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T do.
What do these pipsqueaks know?
Turns out they don’t know zip, because the latest research PROVES that the biggest piece of “advice” practically forced down the throats of seniors is downright deadly.
They’ll tell you to eat your veggies, like you’re a 5-year-old trying to hide the broccoli under the mashed potatoes. Even worse, they’ll claim the ONLY way to protect your heart is to eat so little meat that you’re practically a bunny-hugging, sprout-loving veg-head.
But the new study shows how skipping meat means missing out on a key nutrient that’s absolutely essential to your heart.
And if you fall short in IRON, you could drop dead of a heart attack!
The lower your levels of this mineral, the higher your risk of developing coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease and the nation’s number one killer.
The flipside, of course, is that HIGHER levels of iron mean a LOWER risk of heart problems, according to the study.
Iron is supposed to be easy enough to get. Or so you’d think, right?
Iron has quietly become one of the leading nutritional deficiencies in older folks, and you can thank the dopey diet advice I mentioned earlier for that.
See, the mainstream will tell you that you can cut back on meat and still get your fill of iron. After all, it’s in plenty of plants, like spinach and chard.
What they WON’T tell you is that the iron in those plants is practically worthless!
The plant form of iron is called “non-heme” iron, and your body treats it the way a toddler treats that spinach.
It wants nothing to do with it.
It’s tough to absorb, with your body able to use as little as 7 percent of what you take in. So, you can fill a feed bucket with spinach, gnaw on it all day long, and STILL fall short in iron.
Meats, on the other hand, contain the “heme” form of iron, which is what your body REALLY needs.
The researchers behind the new study plan to test supplements to see if they make a difference, but don’t start popping those tablets yourself just yet. Too much iron can be as bad as too little.
Instead, get back to basics. Eat more fresh meats, and next time you visit the doctor, ask him to test both your circulating iron and ferritin levels.