Food Science in the News: High-Protein Diet and Smoking? The Flaws

In early March 2014, news headlines proclaimed that a high-protein diet increases risk of mortality as much as smoking*. The problem? The study that these headlines refer to has serious design flaws that limit the meaning of the results. Brian Moore reviews these design flaws here: http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/high-protein-diet-study-flawed-risk-overblown/

It’s important to remember that several leading health agencies, including the World Health Organization, recommend protein intakes of 0.8 grams protein per kilogram of body weight. To read more about how much protein we need and the pros and cons of high-protein diets, read “Food Science in the News: Taco Bell debuts new Power Protein Menu”

*Headlines:

High-Protein Diets in Midlife Linked to High Risk of Premature Death, Study Says

Red Meat Tied to Increased Mortality Risk

Meat and cheese may be as bad for you as smoking

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