Is red meat bad for you? Of course! At least in the opinion of various medical professionals who are endlessly interviewed for climate crisis articles. Bad for you. Bad for the environment. Just all around bad.
But maybe not. A recent report from an international research team makes the argument that the data simply does not exist. When they come to dietary health issues, they continue to do so. (10tv.com)
So is red meat good or bad for you?
A team of international researchers recently rattled the nutrition world by saying there is not enough evidence to tell people to cut back on red or processed meat, seemingly contradicting advice from prominent health experts and groups including the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
But the researchers did not say people should eat more meat, or that's it healthy. No new studies were conducted, and they reported no new understanding of meat's effects on the body. Instead, the paper offers a new approach to giving advice on food and health ̵1; and a rebuke to how it often done.
If you've heard of the news for a long time, you probably remember all the different warnings and retractions. That one happened so often that the comedian Lewis Black used to be a riff in his standup act about it. Eggs are good. Eggs are bad. The whites are good but the yolks are bad. Make up your mind!
The studies that are regularly cited about red meat (which the researchers dug into) For example, cutting back on red meat in a sample of 1,000 people died. That's less than one percent. In terms of susceptibility to strokes, there is no difference recorded. Further, in samples where there was at least some difference, researchers could not rule out the possibility that the difference was caused by unrelated factors.
chances of various health outcomes in a statistically significant fashion.
Does this really come as a surprise? From a strictly non-scientific perspective, humans evolved over time to eat what was available and adapted to those foods just like any other animal. We've been hunting animals for food as far back as the anthropological records go. If meat was so toxic to us, how did it survive this long?
In reality, it's probably the key. If you eat nothing but bloody red meat three times a day you'll probably develop problems. The same goes for sugar and all the rest of the selections we eat or drink. And yes, raising beef is probably not great for the planet. But neither is much else that we do. When you're trying to feed and support a population of about eight billion, you're on the right track. But we somehow deal with it and soldier on.