I note the rather oddly passive phrasing of that.
The Department of Health was last night urged to review its guidance on red meat after a study found that eating almost half the daily recommended amount can significantly increase the risk of dying early from cancer and heart disease.
Cancer and heart disease – wow! That’s a double whammy ain’t it? More seriously though seeing as those are Britain (indeed pretty much all the developed world’s) leading killers then that sounds both vague and scaremongering.
Small quantities of processed meat such as bacon, sausages or salami can increase the likelihood of dying early by a fifth, researchers from Harvard School of Medicine found. Eating steak increases the risk of early death by 12%.
Not to put it too finely Harvard, Cambridge, MA is not exactly cattle-country. I wonder what they think at the University of Texas?
Anyway note what I bolded. Eating how much steak? What a small quantities of bacon? As to things like salami, ham and pepperoni have they noted that, especially, in the UK they are very frequently eaten as pizza toppings and from my wide experience these outfits are very often run by immigrants from Muslim countries so they’re actually made from turkey usually.
Dr Frank Hu, co-author of the study, said: “Given the growing evidence that even modest amounts of red meat is associated with increased risk of chronic disease and premature death, 2.5 ounces (70 grams) per day seems generous. The bottom line is that we should make red meat only an occassional rather than regular part of our diet.”
Dr Hu has just raised the beef ration!
There no follows some guff and statistics but then this gem…
Scientists added that people who eat a diet high in red meat were also likely to be generally unhealthier because they were more likely to smoke, be overweight and not exercise.
So… their point is? Ye Gods almighty if that isn’t getting causality (generally considered important in science) arse over tit! I think the great astrophysicist Arthur Eddington had a dictum about not trusting an experimental result until proven by theory. He was being a bit tongue-in-cheek but there is a point to it.
In an accompanying editorial Dr Dean Ornish, of the University of California, San Francisco, said that eating less red meat could also help tackle climate change.
You just knew that was coming didn’t you?