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Wednesday 3rd September 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

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Reports Highlight Importance of Balanced Diet

Recent reports have highlighted the importance of a balance in the diet and have thrown into question some deeply entrenched beliefs.

Following the report from Christopher Snowdon The Fat Lie that maintained that lifestyle changes and lack of exercise had more of a relationship with obesity than the fat content of food, this week a report from Tulane University in the US proposed that a low carb diet is better than a low fat on for both heart health and weight loss.

The study that followed 148 obese participants gave some a low carb diet and others a low fat diet.

After a year, the low-carb group lost an average of 7.7 pounds more than the low-fat group.

The blood levels of certain fats that are predictors of heart disease risk also improved more in the low-carb group. While low-density lipoprotein cholesterol for both groups were about the same, the low-carb group saw a spike in so-called “good” HDL cholesterol and a decline in the ratio of bad to good cholesterol.

The results challenge the perception that low-fat diets are always better for the heart, said lead author Dr Lydia Bazzano,

Another study from researchers at Cambridge and Aberdeen Universities says that the environmental impact of the food that is consumed needs to be taken into account when looking at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

It maintains that a shift to “healthier” diets across the world is just one of a number of actions that need to be taken to avoid dangerous climate change and ensure there is enough food for all.

The research team said that as populations rise and global tastes shift towards meat-heavy Western diets, increasing agricultural yields will not meet projected food demands of what is expected to be 9.6 billion people - making it necessary to bring more land into cultivation.

This will come at a high price, warn the authors, as the deforestation will increase carbon emissions as well as biodiversity loss, and increased livestock production will raise methane levels.

The authors say that 'business as usual', will mean that by 2050 cropland will have expanded by 42 per cent and fertiliser use increased sharply by 45 per cent over 2009 levels.

The 'average' balanced diet used in the study is a relatively achievable goal for most. For example, the figures included two 85g portions of red meat and five eggs per week, as well as a portion of poultry a day.

"This is not a radical vegetarian argument; it is an argument about eating meat in sensible amounts as part of healthy, balanced diets," said Cambridge co-author Prof Keith Richards.

"Managing the demand better, for example by focusing on health education, would bring double benefits – maintaining healthy populations, and greatly reducing critical pressures on the environment.”


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Tyson to Sell Heinold Hog Markets Business
Loss for Bob Evans Farms
US COOL Still Contrary to WTO Rules

   Australia

Lamb Exports Edge Higher

   Russian Federation

Tambovskaya Turkey Project Continues to Grow
Russian Poultry Production Increases
Subsidies for Meat Production to be Extended until 2018
Cherkizovo Profits Back to Normal
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   Philippines

Philippines Chicken Prices Down

   Sweden

Surge in Swedish Beef Price

   European Union

Little Price Movement in EU Pig Prices
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   United Kingdom

English Beef and Lamb Mark Reaches Ten Years
On-line Meat Industry Statistics Updated
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   France

French Government Backs Gad Josselin Takeover

   Ireland

Irish Company Launches New DNA Testing Technology

   Switzerland

Swiss Chefs Endorse Irish Beef and Lamb

   China

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Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise

   Dominican Republic

Increased Beef Trade with East Asia from Dominican Republic

   Belgium

Ter Beke Improves Results on Reduced Turnover

   Iceland

Conference Examines How to Use Entire Fish

   Ukraine

Ukrainian Poultry Meat Company Reports Rising Sales
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   Brazil

Egypt Lifts BSE Ban Against Brazil
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   Global

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   Canada

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   India

Chicken Consumption Rising in India

   Spain

Spanish Pig Prices Lead Way Despite General Falls

   Mongolia

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   Japan

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