The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced that Nina Teicholz and Mary Ann Binnie will engage attendees in an in-depth discussion on Diet and Health at the AMSA 68th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC). Come to this session on June 17th in Lincoln, Nebraska to gain the tools to intellectually and scientifically defend red meat.

The Big Fat Surprise: Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. A reporter for National Public Radio for years, covering Washington D.C. and Latin America, she has also written for Gourmet Magazine, Men’s Health, The New Yorker, The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Salon, among other publications. In addition, she served as the associate director for the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Teicholz studied biology at Yale and Stanford Universities and earned a master’s degree from Oxford University.

Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that the saturated fats in meat are not, after all, bad for health. She took a nine-year dive into nutrition science, unearthing all the original studies that had been used to "prove" the idea that saturated fats cause heart disease. In the process, she discovered a tale of weak science, politics, bias, and nutrition policy gone wrong. Two recent meta-analyses by top scientists in the field have confirmed her findings on saturated fat, meaning that meat has for decades been unfairly condemned. Learn the story of the personalities, politics, and institutions that for half a century have derailed nutritional policy, on not only saturated fats, but also cholesterol and all dietary fats.

Red Meats: High time to Recognize Their Value in a Healthy Diet: Mary Ann Binnie is Manager of Nutrition and Food Industry Relations with the Canadian Pork Council. In this role, she leads the Council’s nutrition strategy and communications, which includes health professional partnerships, nutrition advocacy and technical affairs. In 2011, Ms. Binnie became Chair of the IMS Human Nutrition and Health Committee and Chaired the last IMS Prize Committee. She is President-Elect for the Canadian Meat Science Association and was the Canadian liaison with the American Meat Science Association.

Ms. Binnie is a professional home economist and has held various executive positions on numerous professional associations.

Growing evidence suggests recommendations to reduce red meat consumption are misguided and may have unintended health consequences. Within a landscape of increasingly large amounts of processed, refined foods being consumed, dwindling cooking skills and increasing rates of chronic disease, it’s time we recognize that diets which include lean red meats are associated with positive health outcomes.

The AMSA 68th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) hosted by the University of Nebraska and ConAgra Foods will be held June 14-17, 2015, at University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. For more information regarding the AMSA 68th RMC please visit: or contact Deidrea Mabry 1-800-517-AMSA ext. 12.

Source: AMSA