This article originally posted on CrossFit Balboa

Robb Wolf posted some interesting information in response to a recent study claiming that eating red meat increases the chances of dying prematurely. According to a large federal study a diet that regularly includes steaks, burgers and pork chops is hazardous to your health.

…Let’s look at that paper citing increased cancer rates from red meat. It’s a study, it’s sciency…it’s very compelling. It takes a not insignificant scientific or statistical background to decifer IF that study is gold quality, or should line the bottoms of bird cages. Short of doing a statistical analysis, let’s consider if there are ANY examples of populations who consume significant amounts of red meat who DO NOT see deliterious health effects. That’s a pretty easy answer, the Inuit Diet. In the article it’s called the “Inuit Paradox” because it is assumed that meat is unhealthful. This is the same story as the French/Spanish paradoxes(i?) that culteres who eat loads of fat are neither as fat nor as sick as North Americans. The main point of the Inuit diet paper is that it is assumed the omega-3’s (n-3) found in the artic animals provide a “protective” effect from the meat. The counter point is interestingly absent: That grain feeding of animals, with the subsequent skewing of the n-/n-6 profile is the REASON for negative health outcomes associated with meat consumption. Again, a lack of an evolutionary orientation leaves people just scratching around in the dirt trying to piece things together with no way to interpert findings. For the sake of that red meat paper however, we just need ONE (1) example of a high red meat consuming society to nulify the notion that red meat is inherently harmful. There is a second piece to that paper that we need to get to, but not quite yet. Let’s look at that fish paper keeping in mind what we know from the inuit diet: proper n-3/n-6 balance is important for health…cont.