While some scientists advised that we eat less red meat, others disagree on that.
Is it true that we need to eat less red meat? Let's see what scientists have to say about this…
Most people believe it is wrong for scientists to tell people to reduce the consumption of red meat because there are no strong evidences to back their claims.
For years now, health scientists have advised Americans to mind how they consume red meat and processed meat because they think it could cause cancer, heart disease and other underlying sicknesses.
But just recently, a group of researchers have analyzed that there are no substantial proofs to back the claim. After all, most people even find it difficult to limit the consumption of red meat.
Eating less pork and beef has an insignificant advantage in one’s health, the researchers said. They continued by saying that the benefits are too small for people to change their eating habit towards red meat.
According to Bradley Johnson, leader of the group opposing the consumption of less red meat, “The certainty of evidence for these risk reductions was low to very low.”
This analysis in the dietary sector would certainly cause a discrepancy, which may leave the public in a confused state. While some believe that too much of red meat is bad, others see it as nothing to worry about.
Do you think that this new finding will hold? As it stands, there are stumbling blocks preventing this assertion from gaining any meaningful ground. The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have discredited the claim and savaged the journal responsible for it.
Others called for the delay of the publication because it will cause a dent in nutrition science and majority of the public would no longer take scientific research seriously.
Dr. Frank Sacks, the past chairman of the American Heart Association’s nutrition committee, said the research is fatally flawed. Other groups have filed petitions against the Journal (that claims that too much red meat has little effect on the human body).
While this new claim sounds pleasing to people who enjoy eating high-protein food, there is a fear that if the finding holds, it would affect other dietary research on fats, salts, carbohydrates and lots more.
Also, there are two major trends that counter the prospect of eating red meat: an increase awareness of the fact that livestock production causes environmental degradation, and concern about using animals (considering their welfare) in industrial farming.
According Dr. Frank Hu, the chairman of the nutrition department of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “It used to be that red meat was for the elite, but it is changing now.” Today, those of the higher class tend to eat less red meat.
It took three years for a group of 14 researchers from 7 countries to come up with this new report. They reported that no conflicts were intended and there was no external funding given to them.
There study was to see if eating processed meats or red meat lead to cancer or cardiovascular disease.
To see if it was true or not, they examined quite a number of articles linking red meat to cancer and mortality.
From what they discovered, they said the risk involved in eating red meat is too insignificant, but that’s not to deny the fact that there’s a link between read meat and cancer. They also said that you can’t improve your health status by mere cutting down on your red meat consumption.
Now, scientists who have researched that too much of red meat is not good for the system are full of indignation for this new finding. They believe this is going to cause confusion in the dietary sector because most people will start treating their claims with less concern.
In my opinion, I think when it comes to nutrition studies, it should be flexible enough to accommodate any new changes or findings. Unlike the drug sector that needs to be rigid, nutrition studies should be able to accept findings that are backed with substantial proofs.
From what I can understand from the new finding, eating too much of red meat can (rarely) lead to cancer or cardiovascular disease, but the link between these two is almost insignificant.
What do you think about this finding? Do you think we should cut down on the amount of red meat we consume or it just doesn’t matter? Share your opinion in the comment section below.
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