Real Food Radio Episode 002: The Meat Controversy

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In this episode, we discuss the World Health Organization’s decision to label processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen

Also discussed in episode 2…

  • Should you ditch the bacon? Clarifying the WHO’s classification of processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen
  • The compound effect of Heme Iron, Nitrates, and Nitrites in processed meats (and Diana had jet lag when recording this, so forgot to mention Chris Kresser’s article on the nitrate myth, so please read it here for another reason not to fear bacon)
  • The wrongful vilification of red meat
  • Why factory meat and dairy pose bigger environmental and ethical issues
  • Real Food perspective: The fallacy of Tofurkey and other processed plant foods
  • The trouble with indoor farming and lab-grown meats
  • Feeding the world’s population with real food
  • Encouraging small sustainable farms vs large factory farms
  • How our dietary guidelines are influenced by the industry
  • Brazil’s dietary guidelines
  • The USDA’s new stance on cholesterol and de-emphasizing the focus on saturated fats

Links mentioned in Episode 2…

Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm
The Harvest documentary
Diana’s Homegrown Paleo Cookbook

Music Credit:
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