Here we go again…Posted: March 13, 2012
Yet again we’ve got the ‘red meat is bad for you’ media circus about a new Harvard study that’s been published.
There’s one thing for sure – it’ll sell papers, be on the telly, get hits on news sites and basically be scaring the bejesus out of people. I’m pretty sure this ‘news story’ is going viral as I type due to the amount of links suggested by Zemanta. I’ve also just searched ‘red meat’ on Twitter and yup – quite a few tweets about it (100+ new ones in the past minute) – some are hilarious actually (I’m going to retweet some of them 🙂 ) I’m also readying myself for comments from people (which can be pretty much ‘in your face’ ) when I put certain foods in my shopping trolley / on my plate / in my mouth over the next few weeks… (I’m actually quite thankful I’m NOT working at the moment as I would have stopped eating my lunch in public based on the types of statements I’ve been the receiver of in the past, let alone after this media frenzy!)
There’s just one thing I’d like to say though – what I eat and what others eat are personal choices – I don’t tell folks who eat differently from me they’re wrong. Ok, I might get a bit passionate about ‘fast food’ and how much refined sugar is put into things that really don’t need it but I hope I’m never seen as confrontational or dictatorial…!
Yes, I may well discuss my choices with others, share the personal benefits me and Mike have experienced from those choices, and generally show how the world how happy I am that I eat the way I do.
I’m pretty sure I don’t want to see headlines like ‘Red Meat Kills’ (The Sun), ‘All Red Meat Is Bad For You…’ (LA Times). In my opinion it’s alarmist, inflammatory, irresponsible and unbalanced reporting. (I long for the day similar front page headlines, column inches and prime-time network minutes are given to the perils of smoking tobacco – we’ve buried three of our parents from smoking-related cancers and the fourth from smoking-related vascular disease – two in their mid to late 60’s and two in their early 70’s – none of them from eating too much red meat…) I’m obviously not holding my breath though – that would be unfair reporting right and damaging to the industry? Don’t I realise how much revenue comes from the sale of tobacco? Silly girl…)
There’s enough information out there relating to just about every study ever done regarding what effect certain diets (noun not verb) and specific foods do to the human body, accessible to anyone who wants to read up on the subjects and make an informed decision that ultimately works for them.
We can then all make our own personal choices based on what we take from that information, or not as the case may be.
And that’s the critical thing here – choice.
So, me and Tess are off to our local market later this week to buy a leg of lamb for our family dinner this weekend, plus pork chops, lamb steak, sausages and various mince to refill our freezer, as well as lots of lovely fresh veggies 🙂 We’re also looking forwards to our pressies of fresh black pudding and faggots from our visitors 🙂
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