It’s not the first time researcher Bradley Johnston has had the nutrition community up in arms over his work.
Johnston, an epidemiologist at Dalhousie University in Canada, is the lead author of a controversial new set of papers challenging the near-universal recommendation to cut back on red meat for health reasons.
That recommendation goes against …. the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which recommends limiting red meat, including processed meat, to one serving a week.
Three years ago, Johnston published a different review on sugar consumption …. The advice was similar: Johnston said there was weak evidence on recommendations to cut dietary sugar.
There was one glaring problem. The review was funded by …. companies with a vested interest in the review’s results, including Coca-Cola, General Mills, Hershey’s, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods and Monsanto.
Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, called the new research “irresponsible” from both an individual and public health point of view.
Dr. Aaron Carroll, professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine …. took a more diplomatic view.
“I try not to ascribe bad motives to other researchers,” he said.
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