It’s ok to eat processed meats now? That’s just not true

In today’s world of connectivity, we see many stories, studies and theories.  Some are misleading to the public, some not so much, that will come down to credibility.  It becomes more than just misleading when it comes to bad advice on health choices, there are lives at risk.

A recent guideline hit mainstream and it has Doctors, Nutritionists and Scientists all fired up.

A new set of analyses published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine challenges the widespread recommendations to cut back on red and processed meats.

The prominent medical journal has also published a new recommendation from a panel of scientists, many of whom are not nutrition experts: “The panel suggests adults continue current processed meat consumption,” according to the guideline paper.

The new guidelines and five corresponding studies are part of a systematic analysis of existing research done by NutriRECS, a recently formed international group of nutritionists and health researchers. NutriRECS says its mission is to “produce trustworthy nutritional guideline recommendations based on the values, attitudes and preferences of patients and community members.”

Nutrition and medical experts say this conclusion contradicts a large body of evidence, from decades of observational studies, that has found that people who consume less red and processed meats, over time, have lower rates of heart disease and death from certain cancers, including colorectal cancer.

Recommendations from the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, as well as the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, all call for limiting red meats and processed meats.

This new “guideline” is not going to fool many people in the world today, especially with the knowledge we have that contradicts this study.  But some will see this as “it’s ok to eat bacon, ham, sausage, peperoni…so that’s what I’ll do.”  This is a big mistake to do so, your life is at risk and there are solid concrete studies to back that up.

As always, do your research and talk with your physician about your dietary choices.

Reference and additional information:https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/09/30/765722916/no-need-to-cut-back-on-red-meat-controversial-new-guidelines-lead-to-outrage

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