Red meat blamed for one in 10 early deaths

March 13, 2012WORLD Small quantities of processed meat such as bacon, sausages or salami can increase the likelihood of dying early by a fifth, researchers from Harvard School of Medicine found. Eating steak increases the risk of early death by 12%. The study found that cutting the amount of red meat in peoples’ diets to 1.5 ounces (42 grams) a day, equivalent to one large steak a week, could prevent almost one in 10 early deaths in men and one in 13 in women. The scientists said that the government’s current advice that people should eat no more than 2.5 ounces (70 grams) a day, around the level the average Briton already consumes, was “generous.” Dr Frank Hu, co-author of the study, said: “Given the growing evidence that even modest amounts of red meat is associated with increased risk of chronic disease and premature death, 2.5 ounces (70 grams) per day seems generous. The bottom line is that we should make red meat only an occasional rather than regular part of our diet.” Red meat often contains high amounts of saturated fat, while bacon and salami contain large amounts of salt. Replacing red meat with poultry, fish or vegetables, whole grains and other healthy foods cut the risk of dying by up to one fifth, the study found. –Telegraph
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15 Responses to Red meat blamed for one in 10 early deaths

  1. Elisa Kankus says:

    In Finnish has already been translated a book called “Eat right for yout type” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo and Catherine Withney. It is all about blood types and food. If one has blood type O, read meat is very good, blood type A is a vegetarian. Has it taken into consideration in this study.


    • Cari Jane says:

      Good to know. I’m a type O and have never felt that cutting red meat completely was necessary. My fiancee, is type A and rarely eats much meat. How funny that we naturally eat what is right for us! I’ll have to read that book!


  2. TLindemann says:

    So was the red meat in question organic, 100% organic grass-fed, grass-finished, kosher killed (killed humanely and bled thoroughly) and living in open spaces? Because if not, these factors do make a difference and contribute to risk of disease. That being said, eating a much smaller amount of red meat than we already consume is desirable.


  3. big horn texas says:

    anyone wants a double burger?


  4. michael du toit says:

    Looking at the current fresh meat production globally, i personally see no future for read meat in the next 20 years any how. most of europe, lots of asian countries, selected arabic countries have no interest in red meat, for religion(some times), diets and medical advise prescribes differently. even in my house hold, as small as it is, red meat will only be consumed max twice a week. for the rest, either vegetarian or chicken/fish.


  5. J says:

    We should clone organic woolly mammoths and use them as steaks.


  6. Irene C says:

    Well, I’m not a vegetarian and I do eat red meat. But I don’t eat it every day and I change up my diet with plenty of other foods. Now, I also got to thinking about this study. I remember the global warming crowd saying that cow flatulence contributed to global warming. Maybe they want to reduce the amount of cows? And, at one time or another, they are saying that something isn’t good for our health. Although I agree that over consumption of red meat is probably not good, I wonder how skewed this study is.

    That being said, I really don’t listen too much to “experts” (Monsato?) and will continue to eat what I enjoy, in moderation, and hopefully GMO-free. Could someone pass the steak sauce?



  7. Tcrale says:

    Note it usually is not organic meat in the studies but other chemicalized meat as I like to call it.


  8. K says:

    I remember watching NBC nightly news and they had a study about how something was bad for for you and the news anchor said just wait for a few months there will be new study saying its good for you. I always remember that whenever I hear a new study. I mean most people in the world are starving and I don’t know what I am trying to say but if I’m eating a burger and someone tells me about this study I am not going to roll my eyes.


  9. for a wonderful exposition on the invalidity of this hyper press release in all the news media read what is said here. It is written in a very readable style. I am seriously tempted to print it off and hand it to all the local butchers and meat markets on the Island.
    Cheer’s one and all……. Clare in Tasmania


    • Thank you for providing me with a few laughs concerning how my 1 1/2″ thick Strip Steak is going to kill me. If I have to go, and we all do, let’s all go to the steak house for some real food. Yes, I’ll have the salid too.


  10. pagan66 says:

    I always thought that humans werent designed to consume animal flesh. I am vegetarian, not because I think its healthier not to eat meat – but because I love animals & cannot contemplate dining on them. I seriously cannot think of a more revolting food source.


  11. Jesse says:

    It is so obvious that all ‘factory farm meat’, is awful for you. That means chicken, pork and beef. The only way to be healthy is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, wild meat (hunted deer, etc) and fish. And the wild meat should be in moderation because our stomachs are intended to handle a veggie diet and fish in moderation because of the pollutants in the water. Common sense.


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