Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Case against red meat continues to build

The NY Times published an excellent article about the results of the decade-long study directed by Rashmi Sinha, a nutritional epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute, on the effects of red meat consumption, published in the March 23 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine. The bottom line: those who consumed the most red and processed meat were likely to suffer from heart disease and cancer and die sooner than people who consumed much smaller amounts of these foods. Epidemiologist, Dr. Barry Popkin, weighs in on the personal and environmental risks:

"...people should eat a hamburger only once or twice a week instead of every day, a small steak once a week instead of every other day, and a hot dog every month and a half instead of once a week... Anyone who worries about global well-being has yet another reason to consume less red meat. Dr. Popkin said that a reduced dependence on livestock for food could help to save the planet from the ravaging effects of environmental pollution, global warming and the depletion of potable water... “In the United States,” Dr. Popkin wrote, “livestock production accounts for 55 percent of the erosion process, 37 percent of pesticides applied, 50 percent of antibiotics consumed, and a third of total discharge of nitrogen and phosphorus to surface water.”

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Cid73 said...

While a little more cowbell won't hurt, we don't need more cow.

Niko said...

I can agree that to much red meat can be bad for you diet; however i am curious about other meat that is not considered to be "red". Deer, Turkey, Goose etc.. any thoughts?

Deborah said...

Well, you are talking about wild game which is soooo much better for the environment and will not have the hormones and exposure/dangers that CAFOs and meat processors do. There are so many other variables in this and any experiment too. Something I look forward to learing about and exploring on the blog soon is the role that grilling, i.e. charcoal, plays in the mix.