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Even Small Amounts of Any Animal-Source Foods Are Bad for You

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A major study that has just been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that eating a lot of red meat increases the risk of death, especially the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes and cancer. I'm glad that this message is getting out. However, I wish that people were told the whole story: Nutrition researchers have known since 1994 that eating even small amounts of any animal-based food increases the risk of death. There doesn't seem to be any safe level of intake. We know that from the China-Cornell-Oxford Project, a massive study that was undertaken in China starting in the 1970s. That study included some populations that were eating extremely small amounts of animal-based foods. It found that there didn't seem to be any "safe" level of intake of meat, eggs, fish, and dairy foods. 

Of course, people don't want to hear that they can't eat any meat. They want to hear that a little bit is okay. They especially want to hear that the foods they like can be part of a "healthy, balanced diet." Many people especially want to hear that they should dine on expensive seafood instead of eating cheap hot dogs. In reality, however, the scientific evidence has been showing for decades that eating any animal-source food poses a needless risk.

The USDA urges people to eat animal-based foods, even though the scientific evidence clearly shows that that those foods are the major underlying causes of our major causes of death and disability. By doing so, the USDA is violating federal law. According to U.S. federal law (7 USC Sec. 5341 [2011]), the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services are required to issue Dietary Guidelines for Americans at least every 5 years. These guidelines are intended for the general public and "shall be promoted by each federal agency in carrying out any federal food, nutrition, or health program." The information and guidelines in each report "shall be based on the preponderance of the scientific and medical knowledge which is current at the time the report is prepared." In other words, it's a violation of federal law for the USDA to urge us to eat food that scientific research has shown is bad for us.

The 2010 guidelines urge Americans to eat lots of "protein foods." Yet nutrition scientists have known since the early 20th century that human protein requirements are so low that they are met automatically if people eat enough unrefined starches and vegetables to get enough calories. The nutritionists who designed European food rationing systems during World War I knew that fact. In 1917, the famous British nutrition researcher Sir William Maddock Bayliss wrote, "Take care of the calories and the protein will take care of itself." In Denmark, Dr. Mikkel Hindhede designed an almost exclusively plant-based rationing system to prevent starvation during World War I. As a result, Denmark enjoyed the lowest death rate in its history. The people of the United States deserve to know these things. It's a matter of life and death.

 

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Laurie has worked as a medical editor and writer for many years. She is the author of Not Trivial: How Studying the Traditional Liberal Arts Can Set You Free.

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But did you know?   If the 'animal-source' ... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:58:09 AM
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. ... by Suzana Megles on Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 4:47:07 PM
That the jogging guru: On July 20, 1984, Fixx di... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:46:37 PM
You should really frame that question the other wa... by Laurie Endicott Thomas on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 8:53:44 AM
Fact is that two similar species, one eating much ... by BFalcon on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 8:36:22 PM
The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and... by Nathan Nahm on Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 8:34:50 PM
Those of you who don't believe in evolutionary sci... by rich andrews on Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 10:49:42 PM
I believe in Liaise' faire. Vegans may live as the... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:13:17 PM
Gorillas have prominent canine teeth. Human beings... by Laurie Endicott Thomas on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:08:18 AM
 oh right, B12 obtained from animal products.... by rich andrews on Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 12:04:37 AM
Although vitamin B12 has been synthesized, the com... by Laurie Endicott Thomas on Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 at 8:04:52 PM
No one lives forever.  Scientific research do... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:35:07 AM
Well, this vegan of almost 30 years now -in her 81... by Suzana Megles on Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 9:20:38 AM
One of the problems with most of these Veg. vs. Me... by Scott Baker on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 4:06:06 AM
The Chinese population of the early 1970s was foll... by Laurie Endicott Thomas on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:15:08 AM
For me there are many reasons for not eating meat ... by Suzana Megles on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 7:20:40 AM
You're a sweet old lady, and you've chosen a path ... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 7:58:56 AM
Hi Ned. I'm a science writer. I reported that the ... by Laurie Endicott Thomas on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:26:48 AM
I like being called a "sweet" old lady. My age do... by Suzana Megles on Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 9:33:47 AM
Ordinary people live (and consume) in a ... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 7:26:51 AM
The article that Laurie references is one articl... by John Moffett on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 8:30:21 AM
Hi John:Human beings are not omnivores. An omnivor... by Laurie Endicott Thomas on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:38:19 AM
may as well die eating what I like"  all the ... by Shankari Kali on Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:39:09 AM
brown bears are forest dwellers, with a diet mostl... by rich andrews on Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 12:57:55 AM
Titled "Why Hot Dogs, Chicken Nuggets and some oth... by Suzana Megles on Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 2:44:15 PM
Granted, the Abstract of that 1994 report states: ... by E. J. N. on Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 2:57:38 PM
That really is not possible today IF THERE IS NO N... by Suzana Megles on Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 4:49:10 PM
I see the health benefits of a diet consisting of ... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 at 2:17:54 PM
I have thought a lot about the "animal rights" and... by E. J. N. on Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 5:27:58 PM
I accidentally came back to this post feeling i sa... by Suzana Megles on Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 9:43:08 AM
If meat is inherently bad for humans, how to you ... by Janet Loughrey on Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 3:22:54 PM
The basic research on essential nutrients was prac... by Laurie Endicott Thomas on Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 4:50:51 PM