With all the press recently surrounding the ability of red and processed meat to sneak into our bedrooms at night and kill us while we sleep, I did a bit of digging and was put onto an article written by Zoe Harcombe that delves a little deeper into the study behind the headlines.
As most of us realise, there is a lot more to to the story than eating meat then dying early. Among the points missed out of the news stories were that, of the people involved in the study, those who ate more red and processed meat also:
- ate more calories
- did less exercise
- had a higher BMI
- smoked more
- drank more and
- had a higher instance of diabetes
Not only that, but the study classified hamburger as red meat and not processed!
Based on the data, someone that eats a lot, doesn’t exercise, smokes, drinks and is overweight also eats more red and processed meat, when you combine all that, of course your life expectancy will shorten! But that’s not newsworthy so it gets ignored, which is irresponsible journalism. But then again, journalism rarely is responsible. And let’s not even mention the fact that one of the authors of the study is a vegetarian.
I’ll be honest, I love red meat. I also love processed meat. I don’t eat it every day, but I have it once or twice a week. My favourite treat is hot dogs with loads of ketchup and mustard. Are they good for me? Probably not, judging by the stories I hear about what ends up in hot dog sausages. But I also exercise several times a week and eat plenty of fruit and veg, so I think I can live with that. I think that a little of what you fancy is a good thing for keeping motivation to be healthy the rest of the time.
So is a nice piece of organic, grass-fed rump steak bad for you? I don’t believe so, and when it’s eaten with plenty of veg (and maybe some sweet potato fries) it’s actually one of the best meals you can get.
I’m getting hungry now…….