New Guidelines published in Annals of Internal Medicine this week thaws hate chilly view of red meat.
The facade is starting to crumble.
New guidelines on consumption of red meat were published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine last week. Using a rigorous guideline writing technique called GRADE, the authors concluded that there is flimsy to no evidence that red meat can be linked to any chronic illness including cancer or heart disease. NutriRecs, a consortium of authors across many countries were selected to write the guidelines because of their lack of conflicts of interest. Data from rigorous clinical trials were given more weight when compared to weak survey and observation based studies.
For decades many guidelines issued to both the public and health professionals have been plagued by industry and ideological conflicts of interest. This has created a situation where the scientific literature on topics of public health concerns differs greatly from what authoritative bodies are recommending to the public. Outraged? You should be.
The backlash has begun. Organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Harvard Chan school of Public Health have already issued protests against the new guidelines on meat. For years these same groups have be criticized for their strong financial dependence on the food, beverage and drug industries. Do you believe a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, vegetable oils and "healthy" whole grain is the best? Most people I encounter do. Do you know that, as of 2019, diets of this sort have not been proved to reduce or prevent chronic illness? This diet has been gaining traction since the 1960s yet evidence of efficacy has yet to materialize.
Here is the link to the Red Meat Guideline
Eric Sodicoff MD
Member: Obesity medince Association