By Josephine Marcotty
Red meat is as American as apple pie and the wild wild west. But eating it every day will likely hasten your death, according to one of the largest studies ever done. Researchers looked at 500,000 middle-aged and elderly Americans, and those who ate at least a small hamburger every day were thirty percent more likely to die in the following 10 years from heart disease and cancer. Processed meats also increased the risks.
They also found that people who ate fish, chicken turkey and other poultry decreased the risk of death. Even pork, long heralded as the “other white meat” by pork producers, is believed to increase the risk of cancer because of it’s high iron content.
The study was conducted by researches at the National Cancer Institute and published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine. An editorial in the journal described it as the “Rolls-Royce of studies on this topic.”
The American Meat Institute dismissed the findings as unreliable because it relied on information provided by the study recipients.
Do you eat red meat? Will this change your mind about how much is healthy for you and your family? What will you eat instead?