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Keep calm and...

The media remains addicted to publishing dietary advice, especially of the scaremongering sort, often based on very limited or even flawed research, to encourage our pursuit of greater longevity

The almost daily diet of scary headlines, highlighting the dangers of eating meat, has continued unabated in recent weeks.

The BBC News reported on a new US study suggesting that cutting down on eating grilled, fried or barbecued meat could reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in old age.

The Independent quoted scientists from the University of California who said that eating protein rich foods such as meat and eggs was equivalent to “smoking 20 cigarettes a day”.

The Daily Mail reported new research from Japan that a vegetarian diet had very beneficial effects in reducing high blood pressure.

Not forgetting the latest research from University College London, as reported in the Express, recommending that the ‘Five a Day’ advice to eat more fruit and vegetables should morph into a ‘Seven a Day’ campaign, with special emphasis on vegetables in order to “halve risk of an early death” 

However, the Telegraph gave courteous mention to some recent research from Cambridge University, which suggested that there was no scientific support for guidelines restricting consumption of saturated fat in order to reduce coronary heart disease.

So when you’ve digested that lot, may we respectfully suggest that you heed the advice of the Meat Advisory Panel who have the audacity to suggest that “Consumed as part of a balanced diet, lean red meat can make an important contribution to health and wellbeing throughout life by contributing a variety of nutrients to the diet which includes protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins, particularly vitamin B12.”

…or, put another way, “Keep calm and carry on”.