A lot of people are uncomfortable with eating meat that appears to be too pink or red. The reason being that we all have been told of the possible health issues that can come from eating it. In the past, there has been cases in which people have become sick from the consumption of red meat. For this reason, people tend to either completely cut it out of their diet or reduce the amount of it that they eat. Before reading this article, I too was not comfortable eating it and don’t think that I will after learning about these findings. Personally, I didn’t think it looked nor tasted appetizing. A recent study has shown that we might not need to cut down on eating red meat as a way to prevent health issues.
A group of researchers performed a study of 12 trials that included 54,000 people and it showed that there was not a strong relationship between consuming red meat and the health risks that include heart disease, cancer, etc. Their tests were able to show a variety of statistics to help their claims. From their study which followed millions of people, it showed that there was a very small reduction in health issues for people that have less servings of red meat throughout the week. They also conducted surveys to see how people stand with the idea of eating red meat. Many people confirmed that they see meat as being healthy and are not concerned about changing their diet. Regardless of what they have heard, people tend to continue to eat food in which they believe is healthy & enjoy.
Gordon Guyatt who is a chair of the guideline committee mentions how a panel of 14 members from countries all around the world use a high tech systematic methodology. These methods are then given a certain grade which rates the outcomes of each test which allows for them to create dietary recommendations and guidelines. He mentions how this topic in nutrition will help people make their decision when picking a proper diet. This group believes that the decision from the panel will help prove that their tests are accurate. The group also mentions how their studies were strictly based off of health issues, and did not factor in animal welfare or any environmental concerns. Their main goal as of now is too continue performing tests in order to prove that red meat does not need to be cut out of people’s diets.
This study could be used to help people when making their decisions towards a diet that they want. With more tests to come, there could be more evidence that show that consuming red meat may not increase health issues. A large amount of people was tested and showed no dramatic change in their health. I think a major reason people choose not to consume red meat is because there have been cases in the past in which people became sick from it. With these tests, I’m not sure if will change people’s opinions. Some people may continue to avoid eating it while some people may choose to change their diet and include red meat. I think that if the guideline committee creates dietary recommendations and guidelines that support eating red meat, people won’t see if as much of an issue. After reading this article, my opinion hasn’t changed and I don’t think I would ever be able to incorporate it into my diet.
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