(NPR) — A new set of analyses published in a prominent medical journal is challenging the widespread recommendation to cut back on red meats.
But scores of nutrition experts say the suggestion is perplexing — and contradicts a large body of evidence.
A prominent medical journal has published a new recommendation from a group of scientists concluding that there's no need to cut back on red and processed meats. This contradicts current guidelines.
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. In other words: no need to cut back.
Scores of nutrition 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.