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08-28-2002, 04:15 PM
This article was found in the USA Today this week...below is the link and the text



High-protein diets risky for weight loss

Junk-food lobbyist Richard Berman may scoff at the prospect of legal troubles for physicians who push high-protein diets on patients eager for weight-loss, whatever the risks. But I hope doctors themselves will heed the warning (''All-out assault by food cops: When will it end?'' The Forum, Thursday).

Far too much evidence has come to light in recent years indicting fatty, meaty diets for debilitating, chronic illnesses for anyone to turn a blind eye now.

Two major Harvard studies show that the long-term regular intake of red meat is associated with roughly a 300% increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Hefty contributions of saturated fat and cholesterol through meaty diets also increase the risk of heart attacks over the long run and immediately following each meal.

The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that high animal-protein intake is largely responsible for the high prevalence of kidney stones occurrence in Americans. Such large intakes also encourage urinary-calcium losses, which increase the risk of osteoporosis and pose serious risks for diabetes patients in the forms of heart and kidney damage.

I agree with Berman on one point: There are now at least a few healthy choices at fast-food restaurants.

* Burger King has a veggie burger with only one-fourth the fat of a Whopper or fish sandwich, and it easily passes a burger-lover's taste test.

* Taco Bell's bean burrito and the salad and baked-potato bars offered elsewhere also get a green light.

Neal Barnard, M.D., president

Physicians Committee for

Responsible Medicine, Washington


08-28-2002, 05:13 PM
funny - i just read an article that stated that the decrease of meat consumption (esp as a treatment for high cholesterol) caused the need for viagra

i think that most diseases we see nowadays are not SOLELY diet-related ... but instead from genetic predispositions to certain physiological weaknesses that are only excerbated by a sedentary lifestyle and too much crap food

08-28-2002, 05:50 PM
You titled the thread "red meat" but it's about High protein diets.

I don't eat red meat, personally, but I do have a high protein diet...

(http://www.madcowboy.com/ scares me)