Netflix Documentary Slammed For Saying Eggs Are Just As Bad As Cigarettes

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Netflix Documentary Slammed For Saying Eggs Are Just As Bad As Cigarettes


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Ask anyone where to find the best new documentaries and almost everyone will tell you to head straight to Netflix.

From murder mysteries to animal discoveries and biographical films, Netflix has been serving up some EPIC documentaries lately.

What The Health is one of the latest documentaries to be added to the lineup and although it's found fans in Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, it's still copped a fair bit of criticism.


The pro-vegan movie has claimed that eating one egg a day is as bad as smoking five cigarettes a day and scientists are NOT happy about it.

Alexandra Freeman, executive director of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, at Cambridge University explained to The Times that the egg theory comes from a very "controversial paper".



Australian dietician Susie Burrell wrote an article for about these kinds of papers and studies and said that "the issue is that all studies are linked to relative risk."

"It does not mean that every person who consumes processed meat (for which there is relatively strong evidence a high intake is linked to an increased risk of developing colon cancer), will actually get cancer.

"Such data also does not take into account dietary patterns.

"Human beings do not eat one food, they eat a range of foods, and when it comes to nutrition, things are complicated.

"For example, cultures who have a high intake of processed meat, may also have a very high intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, which appears to negate the risk.”


Susie says that what has probably happened here with What The Health, is that they may have found specific studies that support their claims.

"The key thing for the average person to know is that if you search the scientific literature, you will find anything that you look for.

"There are some studies that link a high intake of processed meat to an increased risk of developing cancer. 

"There are also many studies that do not support this finding."


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