For decades we have been taught that excess consumption of red meat leads to heart disease and other chronic health issues. That’s what gave rise to the poultry industry in this country. And now, new evidence shows that mortality rates are significantly higher in people who consume high amounts of red meat.
The finding were recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Over 120,000 people were observed over the course of 20-30 years. All were free of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer at the onset of the study. Every 4 years they were questioned about their dietary habits.
Over the course of the years, there were 24,000 deaths of which 6,000 were from cardiovascular disease and 9,000 from cancer. People who ate processed red meats (deli meats, hot dogs) daily, had a 20% increase in mortality rate. Unprocessed red meat increased mortality rates by 9%. Replacing one serving of red meat with poultry, fish, or legumes reduced mortality rates.
Conclusion: eat less red meat. But that’s probably old news for virtually all of us…