Red meat causes X: Navigating alarmist headlines

Take it with a pinch of salt.

In Summary

• Such headlines arise out of observational studies, which can inform us that eating X is linked to, or associated with, developing Y.

• They however cannot assume, or prove, that eating X causes Y.

Hardly a week goes by without us being bombarded with alarmist headlines of doom relating to our diet or lifestyle. ‘Alcohol doubles your risk of Y’, or, ‘Red meat causes X’. Moreover, many don’t ...

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