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The Red Meat Controversy Rages On

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A team of international researchers are feeling the heat and getting the flack from all sides by having published a report that literally goes against everything assumed to be correct about the heart health and cancer risks associated with eating red meat and related processed meat products. The group in a bold and unprecedented move declared the consumption of red meat to be not quite as harmful to human health as previously assumed, with the controversial report going as far as to declare the risks to be significantly minimal. The report ultimately concludes that those who really enjoy eating red meat may just as well continue to do so.

So worked up are US scientists about the claims made by the report, that they have tried to have the publication of the report stayed until such time as what their own concerns on the topic have been property addressed.

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Report Does Advocate Caution

But what is very important to keep in mind is that the report doesn’t advocate that all caution be cast into the wind and neither does it consider eating copious amounts of red meat and processed foods like bacon and sausages to be healthy and harmless choices. What the controversial report’s authors are saying is that there are many other health and diet factors to be taken into account when determining what really constitutes poor lifestyle choices. Red meat, say the scientists, cannot be blamed for all of our health problems.

Dr. Gordon Guyatt of McMaster University is one of the report’s co-authors. The good doctor defends the various conclusions drawn by the report as being based on the truth that any individual well capable of understanding the nutritional risks associated with the consumption of red meat may still consider the pleasure of eating meat to outweigh the (significantly minimal) risks.

Weight Of Evidence Is Absent

Dr. Walter Willett is a Professor of Nutrition at Harvard University. Willett is one of the many US scientists who demanded that the release of the report be put on hold. According to Harvard man, not enough is known about the effects of red meat on the human body. In other words, the report’s findings are, according to Willett and many others like him, not based on strong enough evidence.

Willett concluded his defence on the hold-report request by saying that the correct approach would be to consider the weight of evidence when wanting to reach specific conclusions as this was the model followed by a typical court of law.

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