Risk of mortality? 100%

Statistically, your risk of dying is 100%. But, there’s no need to hasten it unduly, know what I mean? Which is why I find this sort of article both interesting and exasperating.

On the one hand, well, I don’t eat red meat all that often (maybe once a week, twice a week is a lot for me), so when I read it I get all “Yay me!”. On the other, this sort of numeric detail isn’t really going to help anyone:  “However, substituting nuts for red meat lowered total mortality risk by 19 percent, while poultry or whole grains lowered the risk 14 percent and fish did so by seven percent.” So, er, if I eat fish instead of red meat I lower my risk of dying young to…13 percent? Thirteen percent less? Less than what?

And then…hold the phone there Nellie, the end of this article takes a sharp right turn into the don’t-drink-soda debate:  ” as higher levels of inflammation and harmful lipids known as triglycerides in daily sweet-drinkers.” Where did that come from?

So, er, carry on, troopers, eating and drinking in moderation and eating mostly things that grew in the ground.  I’m glad somebody’s interested in doing research, but we already know that eating processed food is bad for the body, and eating food that grew in the ground is good.


5 Responses to “Risk of mortality? 100%”

  1. Caron Says:

    I was thinking this morning how confusing it can be to read articles about nutrition. Sometimes, in self defense, I retreat mumbling “All things in moderation.”

    One article says coffee is bad for you but a month later there is another article saying coffee is actually good for you. Right now I’m wondering if I should eat chicken, olive oil, or dairy. I can find support for eating those things and I can also find information saying Don’t Do it!”

    • Laina Says:

      It drives me crazy! I think anybody who follows this research in any detail has to take the same approach you and I do – just keep on eating healthily and in moderation! It seems to have worked so far. 🙂

  2. Andie Says:

    I saw this in the Times this morning and had the exact same thought – there’s a 100% chance I’m going to die. My immediate next thought was – if I’m going to die anyway, I’m eating steak. I didn’t even read the article, in fact. Thanks for doing it for me. 😀

  3. Donna Says:

    “Real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” — M.Pollan
    Simple and easy 🙂

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