- curb /kurb/
- consumption /kuhn-SUHMP-shuhn/
- controversial /kon-truh-VUR-shuhl/
- critic /KRIT-ik/
- welfare /WEL-fair/
[noun] a limit on something that is not wanted
Susan needs to put a curb on their daily expenses to save more money.
[noun] the amount used or eaten
My electricity consumption is dramatically increasing every month.
[adjective] causing disagreement or discussion
The chief of police gave a controversial speech that leaves everyone speechless.
[noun] someone who says that they do not approve of someone or something
According to critics, the noontime show is the best show among the three stations.
[noun] help given to people who need it
The new town mayor improves the welfare services of the city.
A group of foreign investigators says probably not. The researchers say that the risks of getting a disease were low and uncertain. Thus, putting a curb on meat consumption is not worth it for people who love meat. It is claimed that other food and lifestyle factors could also be at risk and not only meat.
Many people who understand the extent of the risks would say “Thanks very much, but I’m going to keep eating my meat,” said McMaster University’s co-author Dr. Gordon Guyatt in Canada. It is the latest example of how controversial nutrition research has become. Uncertainties of such research leave the door open for conflicting advice. Critics say that findings are often not accompanied by strong evidence. Defenders argue that studies about nutrients may never be definitive due to the difficulty in weighing the effects of every food.
The researchers tried to determine the potential impact of eating less meat; they checked the average of two to four servings of meat consumed in North America and Western Europe. Thus, they found out that the proof of the risk was not convincing. It was discovered, for instance, that eliminating three red meat meals a week would result in seven lesser cancer deaths per 1,000 people.
Despite the idea that a panel of research claims, they still think that the advice to continue eating red meat is still weak and they failed to consider other factors such as animal welfare and the meat industry. The controversy on what and who to follow when it comes to red meat consumption is still stirring up among researchers. Dr. Guyatt said that he doesn’t think that red or processed meat has a significant health risk. But, he still refrains himself from eating out of habit and environmental factors.
- Who is Dr. Gordon Guyatt?
- What did the defenders say about the studies of food nutrients?
- In the article, how did the researchers describe the proof of the risks?
- How did the researchers determine the potential impact of eating less meat?
- What did Dr. Guyatt say about the health risks of eating red meat?
- What is your opinion on the article?
- Do you think studies about food nutrients are not always reliable? Why or why not?
- Do you agree that eating red meat does not have significant health risks? Why or why not?
- Do you always eat red meat? Why or why not?
- Why do you think health is important?