No Health Risks for Meat, Says Industry-Funded Article

February 21, 2011, “The Online Meat Trades Journal” reports:

According to research from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), consumption of moderate amounts of meat makes a significant positive contribution to both micronutrient and macronutrient intakes, without risking any negative health effects.

The claim about meat’s nutritional benefits is strictly true yet utterly deceitful. Any food that contains iron and protein could be said to make this “significant positive contribution.” And given red meat’s clear association with bowel cancer, the claim that the stuff poses no health risks is absurd.

MeatInfo also fails to note this isn’t an actual study, but a review of the data. They also make no mention of the statement—headed “Conflict of interest”— that ends the paper:

The BNF is grateful to the British Pork Executive (BPEX) and the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) divisions of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) for financially supporting time spent on the preparation of this review and for providing some useful data on the composition and consumption of meat. However, the views expressed in this paper are those of the authors alone, and AHDB has not been involved in writing or shaping any of the contents.

Yep, no shaping whatsoever. They only paid for the damned thing. (Thanks to Ginny for research help.) Link.

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