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What’s Happening: Protein is Deadly?


You’ve probably heard: there’s a new study supposedly showing that a high (over 20% of calories) animal protein intake is as dangerous as smoking. That sounds like bad news on the Paleo front!

But before you throw out your eggs and start stocking up on tofu, take a look at the problems with this particular research:

Zoe Harcombe points out that

Dr. Briffa also focuses on

Supplement evaluation site Examine has an even more nitty-gritty breakdown if you’re still worried.

The upshot: this is a very interesting piece of preliminary survey research which may or may not point to any kind of causal association. It doesn’t demonstrate causation as it stands. And it doesn’t present any serious reason to change your diet, start restricting protein, or stop eating meat.

With that out of the way, take a look at what else was going on this week:

Man squatting

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