A major new study, carried out by researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, has shown that, yes, red meat will take years off your life. However the kicker is that it affects only those who also smoke, drink too much alcohol and do not exercise or are over-weight. The risk disappears if you’re a meat eater with a healthy lifestyle.
The study explored the health and diets of more than 130,000 participants from the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study covering 36 years. During that time more than 36,000 died of heart disease, cancer or other causes.
Participants were divided into “unhealthy-lifestyle” and “healthy-lifestyle” groups. The unhealthy-lifestyle group was defined by their consumption of more unprocessed and processed red meat, eggs, and high-fat dairy products, but less chicken, fish, and low-fat dairy products than the healthy-lifestyle group. The unhealthy-lifestyle group also consumed less fiber, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains than the healthy-lifestyle group.
The research concluded that those people classified as the unhealthily lifestyle group didn’t actually take good care of their greater health. It is know that it is better to eat a diet of vegetables, fish and white meat. People who do so are generally more health conscience overall and lead healthier lifestyles in the main. The link between a diet of red meat and premature death is actually weak says the researchers but is amplified with other bad habits.