Is it Safe to Eat A Lot of Red Meat Weekly? Likely no.

There has been a lot of controversy over the question of red meat.

Different publications have reported different finding by respected researchers so what should you do.

Everything in moderation is generally a good rule of thumb, unless you have diabetes or heart disease or a family history of these. I know respected surgeons who live at both extremes: some who only eat green leafy vegetables and are on the Dr. Fhurman diet, and others who only eat red meat with little to no veggies. Who is right?

The answer is not necessarily black and white. The best diet likely has to do with your genetics and risk factors. If you have diabetes or diabetes runs in your family, you should avoid carbohydrates as much as possible. If you have heart disease or have a family history, you should avoid red meat until further studies say this is a good idea.


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New “guidelines” say continue red meat consumption habits, but recommendations contradict evidence

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A controversial “dietary guidelines recommendation” published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that adults can continue to consume red meat and processed meat at current levels of intake. [1]
This recommendation runs contradictory to the large body of evidence indicating higher consumption of red meat—especially processed red meat—is associated with higher risk of type 2 diabetescardiovascular diseasecertain types of cancers, and premature death. However, according to the Annals authors, their guidelines were based on a series of “rigorous” systematic reviews (published simultaneously [2-6]) that would presumably account for all this available evidence.
Confused? We asked our experts to take a closer look at the research behind these guidelines. You can find the in-depth analysis below, but here are their key takeaways:
  • The new guidelines are not justified as they contradict the evidence generated from their own meta-analyses. Among the five published systematic reviews, three meta-analyses basically confirmed previous findings on red meat and negative health effects.
  • The publication of these studies and the meat guidelines in a major medical journal is unfortunate because following the new guidelines may potentially harm individuals’ health, public health, and planetary health. It may also harm the credibility of nutrition science and erode public trust in scientific research. In addition, it may lead to further misuse of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, which could ultimately result in further confusion among the general public and health professionals.
  • This is a prime example where one must look beyond the headlines and abstract conclusions. It is important for journalists, health professionals, and researchers to look beyond the sensational headlines and even the abstracts of the papers to verify the evidence behind the claims. It’s also crucial to understand that nutrition research is a long and evolving process, and therefore critical to look at the totality of the evidence.
  • These studies should not change current recommendations on healthy and balanced eating patterns for the prevention of chronic diseases. Existing recommendations are based on solid evidence from randomized controlled studies with cardiovascular risk factors as the outcomes, as well as long-term epidemiologic studies with cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and mortality as outcomes. To improve both human health and environmental sustainability, it is important to adopt dietary patterns that are high in healthy plant-based foods and relatively low in red and processed meats.

Q&A: Reviewing the scientific process behind the guidelines


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