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Meat Tax- REALLY!

8th November, 2018 @ 06.07 am
 
What is going on in this world? Meat is bad for you?? Didn't hear about any Vegan Cavemen on a stable diet of tree roots. Anyway, facts talk and we had QMS send out a statement from someone that actually knows what they are talking about. READ ON : Dr Carrie Ruxton BSc, PhD, public health nutritionist and dietitian, said: “Meat consumption has declined significantly and average intakes are now well below NHS guidelines. Red meat provides valuable nutrients, such as iron, zinc, vitamin D and B vitamins. These are often in short supply in the diets of young children, teenage girls and women, especially those from lower income households. A tax on red meat would be a retrograde step, both for overall diet quality in women and girls and for health inequalities. There is no high quality evidence linking red and processed meat with heart disease, stroke or diabetes, and a risk of bowel cancer only applies when weekly intakes exceed 700g. As few people in the UK are at this level of consumption, a general meat tax would be like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Chronic disease prevention would be far more effective if it focused on smoking, excess drinking, and body weight rather than a single food source like meat, which brings many nutritional benefits.”

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