New research suggests that a diet rich in red meat not only raises cholesterol and blood pressure levels, but could also impact your life span.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study, which reviewed the eating habits of 121,342 people over a 20-year period.
During this time, 23,926 deaths were recorded from heart disease and cancer.
Scientists claim that the link between red meat consumption and premature death is substantial and could result in a 21% increase in morbidity.
Just a small 3 oz. portion of meat eaten daily (about the size of a deck of cards) increased the risk by 13%, while the risk was much greater in those who consumed processed meats such as hot dogs and bacon.
On the positive side, more healthful proteins can increase life expectancy.
Nuts are said to reduce the mortality rate by 20%, whole grains 14% and low fat dairy by 10%.
While the study does not go into the details of the cuts of meat eaten, it is recommended that small amounts of lean meat be eaten only once or twice a week, and processed meats limited to once every 6 weeks.
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