Red meat may have been getting a bad rap. Now comes research from professors of nutrition science at Purdue University suggesting that red meat, if it is eaten along with a Mediterranean diet, isn’t all that bad. A Purdue news release reports that the study compared Mediterranean-style eating patterns with red meat intake that is typical in the United States, about 3 ounces per day, versus a recommended intake amount that is 3 ounces twice per week. Overall, heart health indicators improved with both Mediterranean-style eating patterns. Curiously, those who ate the greater amounts of red meat (lean and unprocessed) showed the greatest improvement in LDL cholesterol, a predictor of heart disease. Go figure. Well, the study was funded by the Beef Checkoff and the Pork Checkoff, two industry groups.