New food worries in the "news"! http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/04/animal-protein-diets-smoking-meat-eggs-dairy My Better Half pointed out this article to me after she read the headline and instantly thought that I was putting myself at a higher cancer risk by consuming a diet with lots of animal protein. The article suggests a maximum daily protein intake of 0.8g/kg BW. This brings up a number of points: 1) It's nice to know she cares and pays attention to what I'm doing 2) ANOTHER example of sensationalist journalism as, even in the second paragraph of the article it says "However, nutrition experts have cautioned that it's too early to draw firm conclusions from the research" ('ahh', says the newspaper, 'but we put "could" in the headline!' We all know that's not going to be the take away message from just browsing headlines :bang 3) Does the study actually isolate the correlation between dietary intake and cancer/beetus risk? 4) Does any correlation identified demonstrate causality? 5) How reliable are the results, given that it's an observational study (rather than an intervention study)? 6) Do these findings apply to those involved in resistance training (my ego is too small to class myself as an 'athlete'), generally for whom a higher protein intake is recommended/allowed/suggested? 7) Does the recommended maximum intake relate to absolute amounts (per kg BW), or a proportion of total caloric intake? 8) So if protein is bad (cancer/beetus), carbs are bad (insulin resistance/fat) and fat is bad (duh, says it in the name, also cholesterol/CHD, apparently), then is the majority of our caloric intake to come from... ...water, air and positive thinking? Personally, after reading the full article I think this is a piece of research that can be filed under "slightly interesting, but inconclusive and needs more work". So, thoughts etc?