The Harvard School for Public Health has published a study which supposedly shows that red meat increases the risk of death. So a major source of macronutrients for human beings over the last 10,000 to 2.5 million years increases the risk of death? Why is the human race still here? Shouldn’t we all be dead by now?
Naturally the media is all over this one with reports on ABC News, CNN, Fox News and more (pick your poison). And so is the Paleosphere – people outraged at the suggestion that meat may turn out to be the toxic wasteland described by the study (well not REALLY – but I love hyperbole). And of course there are those in the Paleo diet world who quickly point out what is wrong with the study. Some really great articles blowing apart the study can be found on Gnolls.org,The Free Range Human, RobbWolf.com and perhaps the best article of all is on Mark’s Daily Apple written by none other than Denise Minger, debunker of the China Study. Since so much has already been said about this study, I won’t bore you with yet more lengthy reasoning on why the study is probably wrong.
Instead, I will entertain you by posting a rant from one of my favorite chiropractors, Dr. Joe “Fat Then Fit” Leonardi. He follows a Paleo diet and lost a lot of weight doing so. Does he think that red meat increases the risk of death?
Take it away Dr. Joe!
There is no reason to really believe that red meat increases the risk of death. Practice reasonable meat eating habits and you’ll probably live a long time! Add grass fed to the menu. Eat your meat as rare as possible. Reduce processed meats. Have a nice day and don’t be afraid of that T-Bone. Unless you are eating it with barbeque sauce and baked potato!