High steaks: study saying red meat is OK sparks boffin bun fight

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High steaks: study saying red meat is OK sparks boffin bun fight

Researchers question the idea that it causes cancer, diabetes or heart disease, but other experts have hit back

Kate Kelland

Cutting back on red and processed meat brings few if any health benefits, according to a review of evidence drawn from millions of people, but the finding contradicts the dietary advice of international agencies and has prompted criticism from many experts.

The researchers who conducted the review said their findings suggest most people can eat red and processed meat at the current average intake – typically three or four times a week for adults in North America and Europe – without significant health risks.

“Based on the research, we cannot say with any certainty that eating red or processed meat causes cancer, diabetes or heart disease,” said Bradley Johnson, an associate professor at Dalhousie University in Canada who co-led the review published on Monday (https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2752328/unprocessed-red-meat-processed-meat-consumption-dietary-guideline-recommendations-from) in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal...

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