Eating Red Meat Daily Raises Death Risk: Study
Experts say cutting red meat consumption could save many lives
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2009 3:35 AM CDT
New York Strip steaks fill the meat cases at Jack and Pat's Old Fashioned Butcher Shop in Chicago Ridge, Ill.    (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Daily consumption of red meat has been linked to higher mortality rates in the most comprehensive study on the subject ever made, the Washington Post reports. Researchers studied more than 500,000 middle-aged and elderly Americans and found that those who consumed 4 ounces of red meat a day were 30% likelier to die in the following decade, mainly from cancer and heart disease.

The study also associated processed meats such as sausages and cold cuts with higher death rates. Experts said that while the findings do not mean people need to eliminate red meat completely from their diets, consumption should be reduced to only a couple of times a week at most, and replaced as often as possible with poultry or fish—which the study found reduces death rates.