All red meat is bad for you, new study says

A long-term study finds that eating any amount and any type increases the risk of premature death

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.

“Any red meat you eat contributes to the risk,” said An Pan, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and lead author of the study, published onlineMonday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Crunching data from thousands of questionnaires that asked people how frequently they ate a variety of foods, the researchers also discovered that replacing red meat with other foods seemed to reduce mortality risk for study participants.

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2 Responses to “All red meat is bad for you, new study says”

  1. LBJ says:

    What are we to do? eat like a “fruitfly. Here I am salivating over a 5lb chunk of corn beef……cabbage, carrots and potatos, celebrating the Irish “drinking day”. Thank God Jamesons is made with grain! You must balance your blog by incorporating the benifits of spirits that promote good will and “rosey cheeks”! AAAgh, I’m getting older, just worrying about what to eat and drink and what Fking self promoting idiot to vote for…if they are all going to help us….why isn’t anything being accomplished other than continual war? Screw it Im eating the corn beef! please pass the Jamesons. CHEERS MATE!

  2. Kathy says:

    Couldn’t determine where the study was conducted. Was it the US? If so, then yeah, I wouldn’t be eating non-organic meat on a regular basis either — people should educate themselves on how meat is grown in the US – CAFOs – concentrated animal feeding operations — sick animals injected with all sorts of stuff and ends up on your kitchen table. No wonder people are getting sicker. Regardless, I think a main point of the article is that folks should cut back on their daily need for a big hunk of meat as it’s not necessary, not optimal for their health, and not optimal for the health of the planet!