Monday, April 9, 2012

Colpo Finishes the "Fake Science" Smackdown

The last one on this topic:

The researchers divided meat intake into five quintiles, from lowest to highest. And as you peruse the table, something quickly becomes blindingly obvious: The more red meat people ate in these studies, the more likely they were to live unhealthier lives overall.
Remember how I said this paper covered two studies? The first was the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS), the baseline data of which shows that as red meat intake rose, so too did the prevalence of all the following:
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking (the highest quintile of red meat consumption had three times as many smokers!)
  • Diabetes
Those who ate the most red meat also drank more alcohol, were less likely to use multivitamin supplements, and had a self-reported daily caloric intake over 800 calories more than those in the lowest quartile (2396 vs 1659 cals/day, respectively…more on that later).
So in HPFS, those who ate the most red meat also tended to live lifestyles that were unhealthier all-round.

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