OPINION: Why meat lovers can no longer claim ignorance
"HEY, fancy catching up over a glass of water and an apple," said no one, ever.
Well no one I know.
Having said that, I've heard plenty of people wanting to catch up over a coffee and cake, or beer and barbecue.
Food is an ingrained way of life for so many of us.
Earlier this week a scientific report was released that delivered some bad news for meat lovers.
If you're living on a diet of processed meat you're at a far greater risk of cancer.
I'm reaching out here to all the big meat eaters in CQ, and I reckon there's a fair few of them.
Now I've heard some argue there will probably be another study completed in a couple of years' time that will counter the findings of this and declare this meat all good and we should be eating more of it.
I don't think so, but even if that miracle were to occur, I don't think big meat eaters would really believe it.
From deep within, we know that doing too much of anything and stepping outside of what's moderate is always going to be a risk.
It's my thought that we instinctively know what foods are good for us and those that are bad.
Science just helps us pinpoint to the nth degree why this is the case.
So, like smokers and big drinkers of the past, our days of blessed ignorance have come to an end.
Now it's our decision about what we are going to do about it.
I hope this study saves many lives. I'm sure it will.
It is studies such as this that move the dial for us to be healthier and live longer.