Did new guidelines on red and processed meats give us the all clear for burgers and bologna?

In a world filled with confusing and conflicting nutrition advice, you can take solace in one piece of reliable, scientifically-proven wisdom…

Red and processed meats aren’t good for you. And you should eat less of them.

Countless large, observational studies spanning decades found that eating less red and processed meat lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, and other serious health conditions. What better proof could you ask for?

But not so fast…

Nutritional controversy is brewing yet again. A panel of scientists just published a new set of guidelines for eating red and processed meat in The Annals of Medicine. What did they say?

Don’t ditch the bologna and burgers. Keep eating the same amount of red and processed meat as you usually do. The evidence against red and processed meat isn’t as damning as everyone says. In fact, it’s weak and uncertain.

After years of reading studies about the dangers of red and processed meat, that sounds like wishful thinking from a bunch of people who want to eat their hot dogs and sausages guilt-free.

But is there any credibility to it? Why did they say it? And most importantly, should you follow their advice?

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Are studies showing red and processed meat as bad for you credible enough?

The respected medical journal The Annals of Medicine just published new red and processed meat guidelines that fly in the face of everything else you’ve ever read about eating red and processed meat.

The scientists who wrote the guidelines said there’s no need to cut back on red and processed meat, after all.

But that’s not what the American Heart Association says. Or the American Cancer Society. Or the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. It’s also not what scientists and nutrition experts at Stanford, Harvard, and Tufts say (they’ve sent a letter to the journal’s letter asking to withhold publishing the guidelines until further review).

So, the big question is… why did the scientists who published the new guidelines say that?

Because they don’t think studies proving red and processed meat aren’t good for you are credible enough. Right now, these studies are observational studies. That means, they’re studies where researchers observe people for a long period and keep track of their habits and health. The scientists who published the new guidelines believe the only truly credible studies are randomized controlled trials, like the ones used to test prescription drugs.

But nutrition experts disagree with this argument…

Randomized controlled studies may work for drugs, which have an effect in a short period of time. But these studies are totally impractical for nutrition, which has an impact over many, many years. Could you imagine running a randomized control trial for 20 years where you forced some people to eat meat every day and some to never eat meat? It would be a hard and very expensive study to carry out.

But until these types of studies are done, the scientists who published the new guidelines won’t tell anyone to cut back on red or processed meat.

Just so you know, one of the authors of these new guidelines wrote a paper in 2016 that said the evidence showing you should cut back on sugar is weak too. It turned out that paper was paid for by the International Life Sciences Institute, a nonprofit group funded by large food and beverage companies. So ulterior motives may be at play here.

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To eat more meat or less meat… that is the question

Still trying to figure out if you should eat more or less red and processed meat?

Here’s my take…

There are so many studies that tracked people for decades and found a correlation between eating more red and processed meat and serious diseases. These studies may not be randomized controlled studies. But they were convincing enough for nutrition experts at Stanford and Harvard, so I wouldn’t write them off.

The fact of the matter is, you should always take nutritional advice with a grain of (unprocessed sea) salt. We don’t have concrete answers about how every aspect of your diet affects you. That’s why you hear so much conflicting advice. All you can do is look at the research that is available and, most importantly, go with your gut…

What foods make you feel good? What eating habits give you energy? What habits make your skin and hair look good? All these are signs that you’re doing something right. And I don’t know about you, but eating hot dogs and bologna sandwiches, never gave me the vigor and glow I was going for.

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  1. No Need To Cut Back On Red Meat? Controversial New ‘Guidelines’ Lead To Outrage — NPR’s The Salt
  2. Unprocessed Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption: Dietary Guideline Recommendations From the Nutritional Recommendations (NutriRECS) ConsortiumAnnals of Internal Medicine 
Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.