Your steak wants you dead (or yet another lame excuse for science…)
Notice that one of the foods listed under “unprocessed red meat”—and likely a major contributor to that category—is a hamburger, the stuff fast-food dreams are made of. Although this study tracked whole grain intake, it didn’t track refined grain intake, so we know right away we can’t totally account for the white-flour buns wrapped around those burgers (or many of the other barely-qualifying-as-food components of a McDonald’s meal). And unless these cohorts were chock full of folks who deliberately sought out decent organic meat, it’s also worth noting that the unprocessed ground beef they were eating probably contained that delightful ammonia-treated pink slime that’s had conventional meat consumers in an uproar lately.
It’s irritatingly stupid to me that these pretend scientists are even allowed the airtime (by an even more clueless media) that lets them freak people out just to get their 30 seconds in the spotlight. But, I’ve had too many clients impacted by this lunacy not to post something on it.
The link above is as much a rebuttal of this year’s hysteria about meat — as it is a study in how real scientists think about data, how they reason and how they debunk fanciful assumptions about both.
It’s so well worth reading — over a delicious dinner of well-trimmed, organic, range-fed steak with a garden salad, a glass of fine red wine and the one you love…