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6 Healthy Choices When Cutting Back On Red Meat, From the Harvard Men’s Health Watch

June 8, 2012

Daily helpings of red meat–especially processed red meats like cold cuts and hot dogs–can shorten life. Better choices include fish, poultry, nuts, beans, and other healthy sources of protein.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 08, 2012

New research from the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that daily helpings of red meat–especially processed red meats like cold cuts and hot dogs–can shorten life. If that’s the case, what are better choices for getting protein? The June 2012 Harvard Men’s Health Watch has some answers.

Replacing some red meat with fish, poultry, nuts, beans, and other healthy sources of protein, can reduce the odds of dying prematurely.

The researchers looked for statistical links between meat consumption and cause of death. The populations scrutinized included about 84,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study and 38,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Those who ate the most red meat tended to die younger from cardiovascular disease and cancer, even after the researchers compensated for the effects of smoking, being overweight, and other unhealthy lifestyle influences. For each additional 3-ounce serving of red meat, people had a 13% increased risk of premature death.

On the plus side, the study also measured a hefty mortality dividend to cutting back on red meat. Consuming less than half a serving (1.5 ounces) per day of red meat could have prevented about one in 10 premature deaths in men in the study.

“If someone who has a 50% risk of dying in the next 25 years replaces one serving of red meat per day with chicken, the risk is decreased to about 42%, and to about 40% if nuts replace red meat,” Dr. Walter Willett told the Harvard Men’s Health Watch. In addition to being a senior scientist on the study team, Dr. Willett chairs the departments of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Read the full-length article: “Cutting red meat–for a longer life”

Also in this issue:

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  •     Cut your cancer risk from a lifetime in the sun

The Harvard Men’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/mens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

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