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Animal protein as bad as smoking?! – A rebuttal from Zoe Harcombe

Published on March 6, 2014,

The media is suddenly full of stories suggesting animal protein and diets containing meat and cheese ‘could be as harmful as smoking’. It’s all because of a study reported in Cell Metabolism and, as so often, the reports and what was actually found are a long way apart…

PIIS155041311400062X.fx1.lrgZoe Harcombe has published an excellent analysis of the research and its short-comings. Most crazily, to me, she points out that the study found no overall association between protein intake and mortality, but only when they split out age groups did they see a pattern of increased mortality in the 50-65 age group. However, according to the law of averages, this must mean the opposite, namely a pattern of reduced mortality in the 65+ age group. So the study could have been reported in the media as “protein will save you in old age” (see graphic from the research which seems to confirm this).

Here’s an extract and link to Zoe’s article…

Animal protein as bad as smoking?!On March 4th 2014, articles started to appear on line. ” Animal protein-rich diets could be as harmful to health as smoking” said the Guardian. The Daily Mail captured the age dimension more accurately with ” Eating lots of meat and cheese in middle age is ‘as deadly as SMOKING ‘”. The source of the media headlines is this article in Cell Metabolism. The full article is available on free view. The Study The study reviewed data for 6,381 adults aged 50 and over (average age 65) using American public health data (NHANES III). The participants were followed for up to 18 years, giving 83,308 person years worth of data. Average calorie intake was reported as 1,823 per day (which already suggests under-reporting). This was 51% carbohydrate (by calorie intake); 33% fat intake and 16% protein intake. Most of this protein intake (11 of the 16%) was reported as protein from animal sources.

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You can read the original research here: Low Protein Intake Is Associated with a Major Reduction in IGF-1, Cancer, and Overall Mortality in the 65 and Younger but Not Older Population


Video: How Seed Oils Cause Cancer

Published on January 31, 2014,

This is another fascinating lecture courtesy of Jimmy Moore from the 2013 Low Carb Down Under event in Australia. It features lawyer and long time anti-sugar campaigner David Gillespie turning his attention to the damage he believes is being done to our health by polyunsaturated fats from (certain) plants and their seeds…

See more from David at his website

See more videos from the 2013 Low Carb Down Under at Jimmy Moore’s Vimeo channel

Study: Sugary drinks increase risk of womb cancer

Published on November 27, 2013,

A new study has shown that as women drink more sugar-filled drinks, such as Pepsi and Coke, their risk of developing estrogen-dependent type 1 endometrial cancer rises, a form of uterine cancer. This is from the Telegraph…

soda cansFor those who drank the most high sugar soft drinks – up to around 60 servings a week – had a 78 per cent higher risk of developing the cancer.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota used data from 23,039 postmenopausal women to examine their dietary over 12 months against any later diagnosis of cancer.

The findings build on other research that has linked obesity to the increased risk of this form of cancer.

Maki Inoue-Choi, who led this study at the school of public health at the University of Minnesota, said: “Other studies have shown increasing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has paralleled the increase in obesity.

“Obese women tend to have higher levels of estrogens and insulin than women of normal weight.

“Increased levels of estrogens and insulin are established risk factors for endometrial cancer.”

The researchers, whose findings are published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, also examined whether other sweetened food increased the risk.

They found no association between sweet snacks, cakes or starchy foods and cancer. Sugar free soft drinks also did not appear to increase the risk of cancer.

More at:  Sugary drinks increase risk of endometrial cancer

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