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Old 03-15-2012, 01:45   #1
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Will Eating Red Meat Kill You?

No doubt many of you have been inundated with co-workers, friends, relatives etc... warning about the dangers of red meat; as recently headlined in every media outlet this side of Babel

Well rest assured.. there are many bloggers out there debunking this recent hype but the best I've read so far is from Denise Minger as guest poster at Marks' Daily Apple.

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We’re already 74 days into the new year, which can only mean one thing: it’s high time for our latest episode of Science Says Meat Will Kill You, complete with a brand new study and commercial-free viral media coverage! Have a seat and tune in (or at least set your DVR for later viewing).

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Wife saw this been all over me ever since. What I told her is saturated fat + high carbs = bad health. You have to pick one or the other.

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Great article. I don't know about everyone else, but I can honestly say I do not eat red meat every day, nor do I eat a huge amount when I do eat it. My family actually eats more venison than red meat because my husband is a hunter and we usually have a freezer stocked all year round (he will typically get 2 deer per season and that is plenty to keep us in venison until next hunting season).

I think anything you over eat will affect your health to some degree. What you do eat needs to always be in moderation.

I see things this way; something is going to get you in the end. All you can do is your best to eat healthy, keep your weight down, keep your blood sugar in check, exercise, and get plenty of rest. It's the best we got right?

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I can guarantee, no matter what you eat .... you will die.

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Interesting to see that Denise included a link to the Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) used for the Nurses Health Study...

I was expecting a fairly free-form "what have you been eating for the last 4 years?" but instead found the questions to be quite leading... rather than "do you eat breakfast cereal or margarine?" they ask "What brand and type of cold breakfast cereal do you usually eat?" and "What form of margarine do you usually use?" -- then going on to ask for specific brand details. Is it just a given that everyone eats cereal for breakfast and uses margarine?

I wonder to what extent this type of leading question affects what the respondent may reply or even eat in future... "well if they ask about cereal and margarine, then maybe I should be eating it, because they think it is healthy???"

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Gary Taubes has also posted a blog entry about this study announcement, Science, Pseudoscience, Nutritional Epidemiology, and Meat...

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I totally agree, Frank . . . I took a squint at that thing myself, and thought "holy cow, why not just tell us what you want us to answer?!"




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I totally agree, Frank . . . I took a squint at that thing myself, and thought "holy cow, why not just tell us what you want us to answer?!"
That is generally my approach when confronted with a "test"... not "what is the right answer?" so much as "what answer are they looking for?"

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I'm at the point where I say "if you want to go ahead and believe observational studies like this, go for it. Just don't come to me with any alternate theories to government guidance in ANY aspect of our lives, or I'll shove it down your throat." But that's me.

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I'm at the point where I say "if you want to go ahead and believe observational studies like this, go for it. Just don't come to me with any alternate theories to government guidance in ANY aspect of our lives, or I'll shove it down your throat." But that's me.
its amazing how much gets credited to observational studies!! i saw some special k cereal commercial recently and it said something like 'women who had milk and cereal were 2 times more likely to lose weight on a diet' or something. a friend was with me and i almost threw something at the screen lol

if either MILK or CEREAL caused weight loss then they should do the double blind study that says that. other than that the commercial could have said 'women who were soccer moms and avoided white shoes after labor day were more likely to eat cereal' because it would have the same validity.

correlation DOES NOT equal causation!!!

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