Scientists: "Keep eating red meat"

There are some great butchers in Mandurah. And you can frequent them with even more confidence now.

A team of 14 researchers have published a series of studies that systematically reviewed existing research evidence, and looked at health effects of processed and unprocessed red meat. The group used a grading system that gave more weight to better evidence, and their conclusions fly in the face of the “avoid red meat” trope that I’ve heard since birth. From Vox:

On a range of health outcomes — from deaths due to cancer and cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, cancer incidence, stroke, all-cause mortality, and heart attack — the researchers generally found either no benefit on cutting back on meat or one so small, and based on such weak evidence, as to be unreliable.

My own experience of changing my attitude toward red meat began in 2017, when I experimented with a carnivore diet. The result was my sciatica disappeared completely, my sinuses cleared miraculously, and I haven’t been sick since. I usually get at least 2 or 3 major colds/flus each year. I’m certainly not an omnivore now, but I credit my major health improvements with greatly increasing the amount of red meat I eat every day.

You can read the papers here, here, here, here and here.