Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Huge study claims red meat boosts risk of dying young

Epidemiological nonsense. Food fads are probably much more common among middle class people and they are healthier anyway. So all we are seeing here is the usual class effect, not an effect of meat eating per se

Eating a portion of processed red meat daily can boost a person's risk of dying young by up to 20 per cent, says a long-running US study of more than 120,000 people.

While the research by Harvard University experts offers more evidence that eating red meat increases the risk of heart disease and cancer, it also counsels that substituting fish and poultry may lower early death risk.

"This study provides clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death," said Frank Hu, senior author of the study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers gleaned their data from a study of 37,698 men who were followed for 22 years and 83,644 women who were tracked for 28 years.

Subjects answered surveys about their eating habits every four years. Those who ate a card-deck-sized serving of unprocessed red meat each day on average saw a 13 per cent higher risk of dying than those who did not eat red meat as frequently. And if the red meat was processed, like in a hot dog or two slices of bacon, that risk jumped to 20 per cent.

However, substituting nuts for red meat lowered total mortality risk by 19 per cent, while poultry or whole grains lowered the risk by 14 per cent and fish did so by 7 per cent.

The authors said between 7 and 9 per cent of all deaths in the study "could be prevented if all the participants consumed fewer than 0.5 servings per day of total red meat".

Processed red meat has been shown to contain ingredients such as saturated fat, sodium, nitrites and some carcinogens that are linked to many chronic ailments including heart disease and cancer.

"More than 75 per cent of the $US2.6 trillion ($2.5 trillion) in annual US health care costs are from chronic disease," said an accompanying commentary by Dean Ornish, a physician and dietary expert at the University of California, San Francisco.

"Eating less red meat is likely to reduce morbidity from these illnesses, thereby reducing health care costs."


One soft drink a day raises 'heart attack danger' by 20 per cent according to U.S study

This rubbish is from the same database as in the article above so the same comments apply

Drinking one sugar-laden soft drink every day could dramatically increase the odds of having a heart attack.

A study of more than 40,000 men suggested that a daily sugar-sweetened drink raised the chances of having a heart attack – including a deadly one – by 20 per cent.

In contrast, diet varieties that use artificial sweeteners were given a clean bill of health by the study’s authors.

Researcher Lawrence de Koning said the body may compensate for the sugar rush of soft drinks by making its own supply of fats, and some of these will be bad for the heart.

Tests on blood samples showed those who drank the sugary beverages tended to have higher levels of dangerous blood fats and of proteins linked to heart disease. Levels of ‘good’ cholesterol were lower, the journal Circulation reported.

The study also found that the more sugary drinks someone had, including still fruit squashes to which sugar is added during manufacturing, the more the risk rose.

Importantly, the link stood when other factors such as smoking, weight, alcohol and exercise were taken into account.

The U.S. research team made their link after analysing information provided by men who were asked every two years between 1986 and 2008 to provide detailed information about their diet.

Tallying the information showed that compared to never drinking sugary soft drinks, having 350ml a day – a standard can contains 330ml – raised the risk of a heart attack by 20 per cent.

Previous research has linked sugary drinks with diabetes and weight gain.

Dr de Koning, of Harvard University, said that although his study did not link diet soft drinks with heart problems, ‘better choices’ are available.

He said: ‘Water, coffee and tea are probably the best choices, after that would be low-fat milk. It is not clear whether fruit juice is a good replacement. There is a lot of sugar in it but it does have added benefits such as vitamins and fibre.’ Tea and coffee should be taken without sugar, he added.



Wireless.Phil said...

On the first article, well, its too late with this BS!
There may be a reason why the warnings on red meat and processed meat and hot dogs causing ass cancer.

It was reported over a month ago and those stories are below:
Some one or some people want to drive the meat prices back down.

USDA Boxed Beef Cutout Closing Prices for March 14
BusinessWeek - 3 hours ago

Meat Company CEO: US Beef Prices Heading Higher
Moneynews - 3 hours ago

Advocacy group claims hot dogs cause "butt cancer" on Chicago ...
7 hours ago – (CBS News)

Wireless.Phil said...

As for the second article on soda pop and sugar:

All USA soda pop and most juices contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, not really sugar and not acceptable by Jewish people because it is NOT natural despite the "all Natural" label.

Wireless.Phil said...

Getting back to meat:

Ractopamine, aka Paylean and Optaflexx

Heard this a week or so ago and again very early this morning.
Taiwanl is protesting its import.

Feb: 2012: Ractopamine was initially introduced by Eli Lilly as a drug to treat asthma, but testing showed it to have a limited effect. Ractopamine did have an effect on promoting leanness in cattle and pigs, so Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly, produced a livestock feed additive called Paylean.

In 2006 a food poisoning outbreak in Shanghai and the US was linked to Pork with clenbuterol residue. Clenbuterol is also used in livestock feed to improve leanness. In the US clenbuterol use was limited, but Taiwan banned all livestock feed used to increase leanness.

Several links below:

Continue reading on The truth about ractopamine: Why US exports to Taiwan suffer - Des Moines agriculture |

The Asians are complaining about the beef from the USA because it contains Ractopamine, aka Paylean and Optaflexx.

It reduces your reproductive success and shrinks your nuts according to the news out of Asia today and its in beef and pork, and who knows what else?
Taiwanese lawmaker alleges long list of drug-containing pork products

AsiaOne - 20 hours ago

... are using salbuterol in pig rearing because the leanness enhancer is much cheaper than ractopamine, which is marketed under the commercial name Paylean.

U.S. Presses Taiwan on Ractopamine BanFeb 7, 2012
Growth drugs found in Australian beef

China Post - 2 days ago

Earlier this month, the Cabinet said that Paylean — a growth-promoter for hogs — would remain banned even if ractopamine were allowed in beef.