The answer is no. With all of the data that bombards us about our food sources, do you feel like you should just stop eating? Well, we do have safe and nutritional food choices available to our diets, it's all in moderation, of course. We've heard how red meats are our enemy, but in fact, red meats aren't nearly as bad for the heart as we used to think used to think according to the American Heart Association. Red meat is still a healthy source of protein with many nutrients. Red meat is high in iron, something many teenage girls and women in their childbearing years are lacking. The heme iron in red meat is easily absorbed by the body. Red meat also supplies vitamin B12, which helps make DNA and keeps nerve and red blood cells healthy, and zinc, which keeps the immune system working properly along with plenty of protein and fairly low calories. The American Heart Association recommends 3-6 oz of proteins per day limiting red meat to 2-3 servings per week. The best cuts are the lean ones like lean ground beef – 90-95% lean, sirloin or filet, round steak, T-bone steak, lean pork chops, pork loin, lean stew beef, veal and lamb.  If you are having trouble mixing up your proteins to get a variety, try protein powders too. They can be mixed up into a shake as a snacck or meal replacement. OL even makes a beef protein powder that is cholesterol-free and low fat. There are may kinds of protein powders on the market including pea protein, whey, egg, etc.   Yours in good health, Linda Hlivka Clinical Nutritionist