|If he would just cut out the red meat...|
It wasn't hard to find some intelligent analysis of the study. The study results were based on food questionnaires filled out by subjects every four years. What the numbers actually show is there was less than ONE more death out of 100 people in the group that ate the most red meat compared to the group who ate the least over the 28 year study. Hmmm, not such a big risk in my opinion but still a difference. There were some interesting statistics not reported by most media outlets. Here is what I have not read and probably will not see on the news regarding the group who ate the most red meat:
- They also had the most smokers
- They were the least physically active
- They ate the most calories
- They had the highest rate of diabetes
- They drank the most alcohol
- They had the highest body mass index
I have to wonder, is it safer to be a vegetarian and a smoker? Or how about a vegetarian and a couch potato? Better to be a vegetarian and a diabetic? Or does nothing else matter except to just not eat red meat??? Well, when the news only talks about the red meat and leaves out all the other risk factors it sure seems that is what they want us to think.
Again, these attention grabbing headlines have failed to change my opinion regarding what I feel is the healthiest way to feed myself and my family. My ship keeps on sailing.....stay the course.
For more detailed reading on this study go here, here, and here.