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it's offical eat more red meat to cure stress November 14, 2010

Lamb Chops and Steaks Calm Down Stressed Men

Women who want to calm down their husbands after a stressful day
should serve him a big steak, scientists said this week. Contrary to
popular opinion that a hunk of red meat may make men aggressive, experts
said it actually has a calming effect.

The researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, said
seeing meat provokes a sense of non-aggression that could be related to
family feasting among the earliest humans and reminds males of friends
and family at meal time.

Lead researcher Frank Kachanoff, Ph.D., admitted he was
surprised by the findings. He said the idea that meat would prompt
aggressive behavior makes sense as it would have helped our primate
ancestors with hunting.

However, experiments found that the opposite was true and that
the sight of meat had a calming effect on males and made them less

Evolutionary experts believe it is useful to look at innate
reflexes in order to understand trends in society and personal behavior.
They said this latest research was important because it looked at ways
society may influence environmental factors to decrease the likelihood
of aggressive behavior.

Reprinted in part from Dailymail.co.uk

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I'd be interested to see at what point before, during, or after the meal the calming took effect. Contrary to conventional wisdom, testosterone has a calming, focusing, and pro-social effect on men. Conversely, low-T men are irritable and mildly anti-social. If consumption of these types of meats promotes testosterone production, that could be the reason.

Posted by Freddy on November 15, 2010 at 05:38 AM MST #

The article came to me via the American Sheep Industry news in the form of an FYI with just the notation of Dailymail.co.uk
Dr Frank Kachanoff only used visual images for his research and didn't do any blood test for testosterone.
Leave to the Brits to come up with this. It does re-foucus my husbands attention, the mear mention of red meat for dinner.
Thanks for reading my Blog, Catherine

Posted by Catherine on November 15, 2010 at 07:14 AM MST #

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