Yet again as I watch the news this morning, I see a story that gets my cortisol levels all in a tizzy.
Thats right! Red meat now CAUSES diabetes!
At least they gave Taubes a little press for the dissent, and a few people in the comments have seen the light. However, the over arching message is plants good, animals bad. No controls, no actual science. Just surveys, anecdotal evidence, and correlations. And of course, red meat and processed meats are grouped together.
So what can we do as a community, as a group of people to bring an end to this. I mean I know that we get on the comments and out this psuedoscience for waht it is. But is there anything that we can do to actually change what can be legally reported and what can be published? Yes, I think we need to group lazy reporters in with the lazy scientists.
Don't forget that scientists and researchers don't have much to do with appallingly bad science journalism and misrepresentation of their findings by journallists who a) don't understand how to read a scientific paper and b) are more interested in writing an alarmist, attention-grabbing headline than providing an accurate report.
It's not always the scientists to blame. Remember, it's just as often the journalists.
Lastly, those who ate the most red meat also tended to eat fewer fruits and vegetables and were more likely to smoke and be obese. While the study used statistical methods to account for all of these lifestyle factors -- which also contribute to Type 2 diabetes risk -- it’s tough to account for all the variables when observing the habits of populations and drawing conclusions from them. As the researchers themselves admitted at the end of the study, “observed associations do not necessarily mean causation.”