Media claim that top researchers are having a “food fight” over the so-called red-meat papers, recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine. But they’ve gotten the story wrong. The headline should be: “Media Hypes Up Headlines to the Detriment of Public Health.” NPR’s headline reads “No Need to Cut Back on Red Meat? Controversial New ‘Guidelines’ Lead To Outrage.” The New York Times is tweeting about doctors fighting. But the doctors aren’t outraged or fighting. The doctors are concerned, and so are the nutritionists, researchers and policy makers who have dedicated themselves to making an ailing population, a little less sick. Among the nutrition community, there is mostly consensus, not contention.
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