Red Meat Controversy: Should We Eat It or Not?

We’ve already gotten used to the idea that we should eat way less red meat. Or none at all. But there are some researchers who believe this advice is not rooted in sufficient scientific evidence. 

The new research, more precisely four new studies, published by a group of international scientists in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says that evidence is too weak to justify the advice when it comes to eating red meat and processed meats, according to the New York Times. Other scientists, outside of the study, think that such conclusions when it comes to research and papers can lead to the public losing trust.

Too many studies have connected the consumption of red meat with health problems like all types of cancer, heart disease, and many others. The authors of this new research say that reducing the quantity of red meat and processed meat we have weekly has insignificant health benefits, on a small scale.

Red meat and controversy

“The certainty of evidence for these risk reductions was low to very low,” said Bradley Johnston, an epidemiologist at Dalhousie University in Canada. Johnston is also the leader of the group publishing the new studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The group wants to draw attention to how we look at nutrition and diet advice and how scientific research is interpreted for the public.

The new studies were not out long before critiques started pouring in. They were firmly criticized by the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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I’m a pop culture nerd who thinks too much about fried bacon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and life, the Universe and everything. I love food and sometimes you can see that on my hips, but I don't care that much about that.
What I do care more about is trying to eat healthier, even though I admit that I like to indulge in my food fantasies. I’m addicted to puns, so forgive me for that when you read my articles. I now know too much about nutrition to be fun to hang out with. So long and thanks for all the fish-based omega-3 fatty acids.

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