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Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2019 Sep 5:1-10. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2019.1657063. [Epub ahead of print]

Should dietary guidelines recommend low red meat intake?

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1
Research Group of Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology (IMDO), Faculty of Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel , Pleinlaan 2 , Brussels , B-1050 , Belgium.
2
Balliol College, University of Oxford , Oxford , OX1 3BJ , UK.

Abstract

Mainstream dietary recommendations now commonly advise people to minimize the intake of red meat for health and environmental reasons. Most recently, a major report issued by the EAT-Lancet Commission recommended a planetary reference diet mostly based on plants and with no or very low (14 g/d) consumption of red meat. We argue that claims about the health dangers of red meat are not only improbable in the light of our evolutionary history, they are far from being supported by robust scientific evidence.

KEYWORDS:

dietary guidelines; disease; health; red meat; veganism; vegetarianism

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