Health scare of the week
Meat is bad for you, again
Four months after a major study concluded that people shouldn’t worry about the health risks of eating red and processed meat, a group of prominent researchers is pushing back on that controversial finding, reports The New York Times. In a new study that analyzed data on 30,000 people over an average of three decades, the researchers found that those who ate the most red meat, processed meat, and poultry had a small but significant increase in their risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Those who ate two or more servings a week saw their risk increase by 4 to 7 percent. “Even though it seems to be a small amount of risk,” said senior author Norrina Allen, from the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, “any excess risk for something as major as heart disease and mortality is worth considering.” Critics of last year’s study complained that it assessed the evidence using a tool designed for clinical drug trials rather than dietary studies; the lead author also came under fire for taking money from a food industry group.