Red meat raises hearty concerns

By Meeghan, 30 March, 2012

“We are talking about heart disease and strokes. We are talking about diabetes. We are talking about cancers and we are talking about chronic lung diseases,” he said. “Specifically these four groups of diseases share more or less the same risk factors which are: tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol.”

In a recent study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in the United States, researchers found one of these risk factors, an unhealthy diet, specifically an excessive consumption of red meat is directly associated with an increased risk of total, cardiovascular and cancer mortality. However, substituting alternative healthy protein sources including, fish, poultry, nuts and legumes was associated with a lower risk of mortality.

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