Red meat is a staple part of most male diets, however, a new study suggests that regularly eating a big juicy steak can contribute to your premature death.
Regularly eating red meat can increase your chances of prematurely kicking the bucket, according to a new study published in the medical journal, Archives of Internal Medicine. It suggests that each additional daily serving of processed red meat – such as some salami, a hotdog or two cuts of bacon – raises your chances of dying by 20 per cent. Next they’ll be telling us beer and women are the leading causes of global warming.
The study focused on following the diets of American adults and found that replacing red meat with other alternatives such as fish, poultry or even plant-based foods actually contributed to a longer life.
According to BreakingNews.ie, nuts were said to reduce the risk of dying by 20 per cent. However, we’re not sure if that’s because eating lots of nuts give your skin a healthy bulletproof coating or because their oils are good for your heart. It doesn’t specify.
The information for the study was gathered from 121,342 men and women for more than 20 years.
Senior author Professor Frank Hu, from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, US, said: "This study provides clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death.”
That said, red meat has it’s benefits too such as providing essential nutrients and being majorly tasty. So don’t worry, you won’t have to completely cut meat out of your diet. Although, you might want to try changing it up with a bit of fish or chicken from time to time.