Red Meat Linked to Early Death
Any amount raises risk of dying prematurely, study says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2012 1:55 AM CDT
Updated Mar 13, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
The road to an early death?   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Eating any amount of any kind of red meat on a regular basis raises your chances of dying early, according to Harvard researchers who may not find themselves invited to many barbecues this summer. The study—which looked at the eating habits and health of more than 100,000 adults over more than 20 years—found that those who substituted nuts, poultry, or fish for red meat were less likely to die during the course of the study, while adding a single daily serving of processed red meat, such as one hot dog, raised the risk of dying 20%, reports the Los Angeles Times. An extra three-ounce daily serving of unprocessed red meat raised the risk of dying prematurely 13%.

Previous studies had linked red meat consumption to diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. In an editorial accompanying the study, healthy eating expert Dean Ornish stresses the importance of reducing red meat consumption, although he says a healthy diet doesn't have to be entirely meat-free. "It’s not all or nothing,” he tells Bloomberg. “To the degree you make red meat more of a treat or more of a condiment, and substitute other things for it, you’re going to look better, feel better, lose weight, and gain health."

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badge95
Mar 14, 2012 4:00 AM CDT
Hmmmm......why is it then that all the recorded people that are over 100 are meat eaters.
carson
Mar 13, 2012 10:59 PM CDT
now that we know red meat kills...there is only one thing we can do....tax it...tax it to offset the tremendous burden it places on our healthcare system...tax it for the sake of our children...just tax the hell out of it till no one eats it...then it will be time to examine what else makes people die eventually...so we can tax that too
texron
Mar 13, 2012 10:11 PM CDT
I just grilled the best T-bone steak I have ever eaten.....and plan to do it again ....as soon as I can afford another !