From the "Don't Care" File: Red Meat Will Kill You
The results are in, according to the LATimes:
Eating red meat — any amount and any type — appears to significantly increase the risk of premature death, according to a long-range study that examined the eating habits and health of more than 110,000 adults for more than 20 years.
For instance, adding just one 3-ounce serving of unprocessed red meat — picture a piece of steak no bigger than a deck of cards — to one's daily diet was associated with a 13% greater chance of dying during the course of the study.
Even worse, adding an extra daily serving of processed red meat, such as a hot dog or two slices of bacon, was linked to a 20% higher risk of death during the study.
You want me to give up bacon? Not happening. Not happening now, not happening ever. And what's the suggested replacement? Brace yourself:
Eating a serving of nuts instead of beef or pork was associated with a 19% lower risk of dying during the study. The team said choosing poultry or whole grains as a substitute was linked with a 14% reduction in mortality risk; low-fat dairy or legumes, 10%; and fish, 7%.
This just seems wrong to me. It's sugar and carbs that are killing us, right? So what's this all about? Here's a clue:
UC San Francisco researcher and vegetarian diet advocate Dr. Dean Ornish said he gleaned a hopeful message from the study.
"Something as simple as a meatless Monday can help," he said. "Even small changes can make a difference."
Additionally, Ornish said, "What's good for you is also good for the planet."
Ah. Good for "the planet." What on earth does the planet have to do with it? And am I alone in thinking that it's safe to dismiss this entire study, on the basis of that final comment?