Red Meat Is Good for You; Don’t Believe Government

The government’s constant nagging about red meat is based on stupidity, not science.

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I have pointed out recently that, when you allow the government to “protect” you from unhealthy eating, you end up doing more harm than good. Despite the confidence lab-coated government “experts” exude in their pronouncements, they can and do make big mistakes. Because the government’s authority causes mass numbers of people to follow this advice, the consequences can be bad.

Thus, it turns out that the opposition to dietary cholesterol was all a big mistake.

What about other mistakes?

Ronald Bailey, Reason Magazine’s Science correspondent, has written an interesting article about what might be some of these other mistakes: “The Red Meat, Eggs, Fat, and Salt Diet.”

Progressives tend to believe that government knows best. The unfolding fiasco over government nutrition misinformation should give them pause.

For years now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been recommending that “everyone age 2 and up should consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day. Some groups of people should further limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day, including adults age 51 or older, all African Americans, and anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.” Recent studies now suggest that this advice is killing more people than it’s saving.

It turns out that new research shows that people who consume less salt tend to die sooner than those who consume a lot more salt every day.

And then there is red meat:

Red meat has long been a government dietary no-no associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease and colon cancer. Two recent studies find these claims to be overblown. A 2013 European study that followed nearly 450,000 people since the early 1990s found no significant increase in mortality among consumers of red meats, but higher risk of mortality for those who eat processed meats. A 2013 American study that followed 18,000 participants since the mid-1980s reported, “Meat consumption was not associated with mortality.”

Bailey also points out that recent science casts severe doubt on the idea that saturated fats are unhealthy.

Far from giving us the guidance from the best that scientific research has to offer, government involvement in science seems to perpetuate outdated claims. While new studies are being done, the people who now have official positions are those who did their scientific work in their youth. Once they gain power, they don’t have to listen to anyone else, so they don’t.

Yet these people aspire to become Big Brother at the dinner table—watching and manipulating our eating choices and food purchases.

By establishing vast government bureaucracies responsible for food and health, we have created a magnet that attracts the arrogant and unteachable.