Red Meat's Health Risks
Eating red meat is associated with a higher risk of early death, a study found, particularly from cancer and heart disease. Researchers tracked the health and diet of more than 121,000 people from 1980 through 2006. For each extra 3-ounce serving of red meat per day, the participants' risk of premature death increased 12 percent compared with those whose diets contained less than half a serving of red meat per day. A daily serving of processed meats such as salami and bacon increased mortality risk by 20 percent. The researchers estimated that by substituting poultry, fish, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy, or whole grains for a serving of red meat each day, study participants would have lowered their risk of premature death by 7 to 19 percent.
Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, published online March 12, 2012