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'Bad' Carbs Nearly Double Cancer Risk

The link is especially strong to prostate cancer

(Newser) - Meat is often the bad guy linked to higher cancer rates: The World Health Organization says bacon is carcinogenic and red meats in general "probably" are, while grilling meats is linked to higher kidney cancer rates . But researchers out of New York University report in ScienceDaily that their latest... More »

America's Nutrition Guidelines Take a Mediterranean Shift

Also, coffee gets a boost, and there's a shift in cholesterol thinking

(Newser) - You can relax your grip on that cup of java: "Moderate coffee consumption" can be part of a healthy diet, according to new federal dietary guidelines released Thursday. In fact, three to five cups is apparently just fine, notes the Los Angeles Times . The guidelines emphasize veggies, fruits, and... More »

Why Hot Dogs May Get a Warning Label in California

It all boils down to the state's Proposition 65

(Newser) - Roughly three decades ago, California's Proposition 65 came into being, and it's a proposition likely on the minds of many a processed meat producer this week. That's because Prop 65 forces the state to add any item known to up one's cancer risk to a list;... More »

Meat Industry: Bacon Causes Cancer? Baloney

Group says WHO report 'defies common sense'

(Newser) - Meat producers are out in full force to combat the WHO's assertion on Monday that processed meats cause cancer , while red meat is "probably" carcinogenic. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association says that though the WHO considered 800 studies, its report came from a panel of 22 experts... More »

Panel Flouts Congress With Its Dietary Advice

Top nutritional panel recommends keeping the planet in mind

(Newser) - When the federal government's new Dietary Guidelines come out later this year, the nation's top nutritional panel wants them for the first time to include a recommendation that Americans keep the planet in mind when deciding what to eat. That's the panel's advice, at least, and... More »

Study Links Red Meat to Breast Cancer, But...

...experts are skeptical

(Newser) - Women who eat a lot of red meat early in life have a moderately higher risk of breast cancer, according to a new study, though experts not involved with the Harvard research are skeptical. The study tracked 89,000 women aged 24 to 43 and concluded that women who ate... More »

This Tick Could Give You a Red-Meat Allergy

Researchers uncover bizarre side effect

(Newser) - As if bloodsucking ticks weren't creepy enough, now it turns out they can seriously put you off your red meat, reports the Wall Street Journal . The bizarre connection between the bite of a Lone Star tick and red-meat allergies was first identified in 2007 in Virginia, and has been... More »

Red Meat, Energy Drinks Share Heart-Disease Culprit

Carnitine ultimately thickens artery walls, study says

(Newser) - Bad news for steak and energy-drink lovers: A new study published in Nature Medicine finds they share a common ingredient that leads to heart disease, the Wall Street Journal reports. Carnitine, a compound that helps the body metabolize fatty acids, is plentiful in red meat and is often found in... More »

This Steak May Have Fecal Matter Inside

Mechanical tenderization is a big problem, investigation finds

(Newser) - The next time you order your steak medium rare, consider this: More than 90% of beef producers use a process called mechanical tenderization, which can push bacteria including E. coli deep inside the meat. Typically such bacteria only live on the surface of meat, which is why it's theoretically... More »

Docs to Obama: Enough With the Burgers, Dogs

Physicians group wants president to stop unhealthy photo ops

(Newser) - Part of being president is being photographed chowing down on burgers and hot dogs, but a group of DC doctors thinks President Obama needs to put a stop to the practice. “The White House would never set up a photo op of a president with a cigarette, so why... More »

Red Meat Linked to Early Death

Any amount raises risk of dying prematurely, study says

(Newser) - Eating any amount of any kind of red meat on a regular basis raises your chances of dying early, according to Harvard researchers who may not find themselves invited to many barbecues this summer. The study—which looked at the eating habits and health of more than 100,000 adults... More »

Diet Slashes Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Load up on leafy greens, olive oil, nuts rather than saturated fat

(Newser) - Fill up on leafy green vegetables, nuts, poultry, and fish rather than red meat, butter, and full-fat dairy, and you may cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 40%, scientists said today. "We know that these foods are definitely helpful for other conditions and diseases,... More »

Eating Charred Meat Boosts Cancer Risk

(Newser) - Grill-happy Americans who favor burned or charred red meat are 60% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than people who eat less incinerated protein, Reuters reports. Charred meat is known to contain cancer-causing compounds, but the study makes the first direct connection. “Turning down the heat when grilling, frying,... More »

Eating Red Meat Daily Raises Death Risk: Study

Experts say cutting red meat consumption could save many lives

(Newser) - Daily consumption of red meat has been linked to higher mortality rates in the most comprehensive study on the subject ever made, the Washington Post reports. Researchers studied more than 500,000 middle-aged and elderly Americans and found that those who consumed 4 ounces of red meat a day were... More »

How This Tastes to a Vegetarian

Scribe's first steak in 22 years 'absolutely delicious'—until brain, stomach revolt

(Newser) - The embarrassment for a cow in being a meal for a human one-fifth its size is among the reasons AJ Jacobs doesn’t eat meat. “If my body ended up as brunch for some badger or dachshund, I know I'd be pissed,” he writes in Esquire. But that... More »

Meat Linked to Many Cancers

Consumption red meat tied to lung, liver as well as colon cancer

(Newser) - A diet rich in red meat has long been linked to a higher risk of colon cancer, but new research also ties it to lung, esophageal and liver cancers. A new study of over a half million participants focuses on consumption of beef, pork, lamb and processed meats—cold cuts,... More »

Ward Off Cancer by Staying Thin, Study Says

Landmark report frowns on excess body weight, processed meat

(Newser) - Excess body weight and consumption of red meat can increase the risk of cancer, even for people within a healthy weight range, researchers reported today in a 40-year international study. Being within the healthy Body Mass Index range of 18.5-24.9 isn’t enough, the Guardian reports, because cancer... More »

Diet Linked to Colon Cancer Survival

Deaths, recurrences triple in patients who eat "Western" diet

(Newser) - A new study reconfirms the link between colon cancer and a diet rich in red meat, fat and sugar—this time focusing on the survival rate of those who've already been treated for colon cancer. Those who ate what researchers dubbed the "Western" diet were three times as likely... More »

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