The link below is a blog post by Gary Taubes addressing the current buzz about the recent Harvard “study” implicating red meat as cause for shortened life expectancy. Taubes does not so much address whether the conclusion drawn by the researchers is correct, but more importantly whether their methods are scientifically sound to begin with.
For those of you who do not have much experience reading and dissecting scientific articles, Taubes does an excellent job of explaining why an observational epidemiological study holds ZERO weight in establishing a cause and effect relationship. At best from a study like the one implicating red meat as a death sentence, we can formulate a hypothesis that can then be tested in a controlled, laboratory setting. To jump to from the observations made in the study to the conclusion that red meat shortens your life is crap science at best.
Fortunately for us, there have been legitimate studies comparing the Atkins, Zone, Ornish, and LEARN diets. You can read it here and determine for yourself if red meat consumption has a negative impact on your health.
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