Looks like another group has changed their mind. With that, I’m sure there are some people resentful of the habits they changed.

At the same time, guys like me can just continue to acknowledge I’m always more on the blissfully ignorant side.

A group based out of California did what was labeled a “small survey” and concluded that when it comes to cholesterol in our diets, chicken could be as “bad” for you as red meat, aka beef. That after years of other groups telling us white meats were so much better than red meats.

I could get into all the specifics of the study and LDL’s and saturated fats and all that stuff, but those of you who read this column on a regular basis know that I don’t like to let the facts get in the way of telling a good story.

It seems like a year now that we’ve been told to increase the white meats (poultry, pork) and cut back the red meats.

I’ve even done it a little bit myself.

I enjoy a skinless chicken breast cooked on the grill as much as the next guy. Although I’m sure some of the marinades that I use that are based in vegetable oil may not be the best for my cholesterol, but boy does it improve my number one motivator for menu choices: taste.

Some have gone so far as to all but cut red meat out of their diets (something some lobby should get one expelled from the state of Nebraska).

Now they are beginning to realize all those steaks and burgers they skipped over for a processed turkey breast wrap may have been unnecessary.

This has happened before.

Eggs come to mind. It seems like for a while eggs were supposed to be bad for us and then new studies said, “No, eggs are OK.”

Is milk good for us now or not? I can’t remember.

Before you know, I will once again be able to enjoy bacon without the guilt.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy bacon now, but just with that little bit of guilt served up on the side as I’m pretty that remains on the “naughty list”.

You might say it’s amazing I’m still around, or at least not a poster child for bad health.

French fries, red meat, bacon, ice cream, processed food, salt — all sorts of things I’ve heard at one time or another are bad for me are all regularly on my menu.

It’s not like I ignore all warnings. After all, I’ve never smoked. But a classic midwestern diet influenced by my farm native parents has been immune from avoiding good tasting things for good health.

And on the opposite end of the spectrum, things I know are good for me — broccoli and cauliflower come to mind, along with fish — don’t make it to my plate because I just don’t like the taste.

Which reminds me that in the interest of somewhat fair play, I should quickly mention the one group that the small study said did indeed improve people’s cholesterol levels — nonmeat protein (legumes, nuts, grains and soy products).

You know, veggie burgers and all their friends.

It reminds of the fast food joints that are starting to discover “non-meat” burgers (there’s an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one). The challenge is to try them and try to discern which is which. Some marketing wizards are saying you won’t be able to.

I haven’t taken them up on their challenge, but I’m pretty confident that if you set a veggie burger and it’s red meat counterpart side-by-side and allow me a quick taste of each one, I’m going to be able to tell you which one is real and which is the impostor.

But, since the survey was taken in California, it’s probably some sort of state law out there that they had to include a veggie dish or two in the study.

Not sure how that would go over in a state that used to say “The Beef State” on our license plates.

All I know for sure if all this talk has made me hungry. Think I’ll go grill a steak.

Sorry chicken.


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