Übermeaty Omnipark?

The following newstory appeared in the last edition of the magazine of the Omnipark shopping centre. The article (click on the image to get it full size) gives quite a biased and unsupported view on the reasons to eat meat. That’s why I sent a letter to their costumer service (see after the image), for which unfortunately I have received no answer whatsoever.

Article in Omnipark’s magazine

meaty omnipark

My letter

Dear Omni Park costumer service,

Not without surprise I read the article “Why eat meat?” in your magazine.

The article gives an overview of the different nutrients present in meat, giving the impression to the reader that this be the only source of such nutrients. However, there is scientific proof nowadays that a person following a balanced vegetarian diet would get all those nutrients [1]. This is not the statement of any vegetarian organisation, but the conclusion of a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art in the topic carried out by the dietetic associations of the US and Canada.

Moreover, there is clear evidence nowadays that the regular consumption of red meat (“your normal steak delivery” in the article) has negative effect on health (higher mortality risk) [2]. I’m surprised that an article that deals with the reasons to eat (or not) meat does not cover this issue, as it is of paramount relevance to the topic.

[1] Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: vegetarian diets. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12826028

[2] Red Meat Consumption and Mortality. Results From 2 Prospective Cohort Studies. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1134845

Best regards

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