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Red Meat and Death

Zoomer Report2020-7-19By: Libby Znaimer

Here’s another reason to cut back on red meat. There’s more evidence that eating a lot of it may shorten your life, while consuming more fish and poultry may extend it.

The researchers say red meat is associated with a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and any other cause.
For many people, red meat is a primary source of protein and fat, and they eat it every day. The researchers looked at data on 120,000 people over 28 years and calculated that for every daily serving of red meat, the risk of dying increased 12 percent. It was up to 20 percent for processed red meat.
On the other hand, replacing that meat with something healthier reduced the risk of death. The study in the Archives of Internal Medicine said it went down 7 percent for fish, 14 percent for poultry and whole grains, 10 percent for legumes and low-fat dairy products. 19 percent for nuts.
Bottom line most nutritionists agree we should move to a more plant-based diet.


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