Red Meat Joins the Death List (Hot Dogs Take Lead)
We all knew it was coming: red meat has been placed on the list of foods that increase the likelihood of dying, courtesy, this time, of researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. An HSPH news release reports that researchers observed 37,698 men for up to 22 years and 83,644 women for up to 28 years, evaluating their diets every four years. All of the people studied had no cardiovascular disease or cancer when the study started. The scientists found that one daily serving of unprocessed red meat (about the size of a deck of cards) was associated with a 13 percent increased risk of mortality, and one daily serving of processed red meat (one hot dog or two slices of bacon) was associated with a 20 percent increased risk. The corresponding increases in risk were 18 percent and 21 percent for cardiovascular mortality, and 10 percent and 16 percent for cancer. What to do? The research showed that replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of a healthy protein source cut mortality risk 7 percent for fish, 14 percent for poultry, 19 percent for nuts, 10 percent for legumes, 10 percent for low-fat dairy products, and 14 percent for whole grains. The researchers believe that 9.3 percent of deaths in men and 7.6 percent in women could have been prevented if all the participants had at less than 0.5 servings per day of red meat. Read more from the Harvard School of Public Health.