20th October 2023

QMS Response to Harvard Study

Carrie Ruxton, Dietitian and QMS Board Member, said: “This latest US study is observational, which means it isn’t designed to test cause and effect. We know from intervention trials that diets with lean red meat have a neutral effect of blood sugar and insulin levels. This conflicts with observational studies suggesting a link with diabetes. We also know that Americans diets vary from those in the UK, which could impact the results of this study.

“From a consumption standpoint, red meat, which is naturally rich in iron, B12 and a range of other vital micronutrients, continues to be an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. In Scotland, on average, we are well within the boundaries of dietary guidelines which suggest adults can eat up to 70g red and processed meat per day. A further decline in meat consumption could put the public at risk of missing out on some essential nutrients, for which plant-based proteins cannot replace.

“Scotland is one of the most sustainable places in the world to produce high-quality, nutritious, red meat. Our farmers consistently work in harmony with the environment, and considering the beef supply chain specifically, remain actively committed to the reduction of emissions in line with government policies.”

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