New Study: All Red Meat Will Kill You

 So, most conscious meat eaters make atherosclerosis jokes whilst sucking down burgers, and a good amount of us have seen junk food doc Super Size Me, so let's face it: red meat consumers kind of know what they're getting into. Or do they? A new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health has shown that it's not just the people who scarf down a steak every night at dinner who are at risk: it's every single person who consumes red meat, ever. The LA Times:

Eating red meat — any amount and any type — appears to significantly increase the risk of premature death, according to a long-range study that examined the eating habits and health of more than 110,000 adults for more than 20 years.

For instance, adding just one 3-ounce serving of unprocessed red meat — picture a piece of steak no bigger than a deck of cards — to one's daily diet was associated with a 13% greater chance of dying during the course of the study.

Even worse, adding an extra daily serving of processed red meat, such as a hot dog or two slices of bacon, was linked to a 20% higher risk of death during the study.

Further, the study found that those who consumed nuts as a protein source rather than beef or pork had a 19% lower risk of dying during the study. Poultry and whole grains reduced that to 14%, with legumes and low-fat dairy at 10% and fish at 6%. 

The Harvard researchers were surprised that not only do processed red meats like bacon and hot dogs kill, but unprocessed meat will conjure your death certificate, as well. They recommend limiting intake to two or three times a week to greatly reduce the risk of dying a meat-related death.

Read the full study here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 13, 2012, 5:29am

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