Are you someone who drools over a juicy hamburger for dinner? Or lights up when your spouse puts a steak on the grill?
While we ourselves love a good pork chop, eating red meat doesn’t get much love nowadays. Unfortunately, there is a lot of research showing that eating excessive red meat – that’s right, from steak to hamburgers and all the good snacks – can lead to a large number of health problems, such as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The worst thing is that it has been proven to increase your risk of premature death.
Because of this, vegetarianism and veganism have been on the rise for years. The meatless diets are associated with health benefits and protection against certain diseases and are even said to help you live longer.
However, most people probably don’t fall into a category of not eating meat or pounds of stuff every day. Chances are that you occasionally eat a meat eater and include it in your diet in small amounts. But unfortunately, even DAT has now found it bad for us.
A new study by researchers at Linda Loma University has shown that even small amounts, such as just two grams, or about half a portion of unprocessed red meat per day, can lower your life expectancy by nearly 20 percent. To put that in perspective, that is the equivalent of eating one taco or two meatballs a day. What do you say? It does not seem that a lot of meat causes that dramatic risk!
Nevertheless, the evidence is in the pudding (or … the hot dog?): The study contained data from 96,000 men and women who considered themselves people who ate small amounts of meat, as well as a group of people who did not eat any meat. They were studied over the course of five years.
It seems that both groups should have lived quite a long time, given what we already know about red meat. “There are many indications that red meat and processed meat can be unhealthy,” Dr. said. Michael Orlich of Loma Linda University Health, “(It) can increase your risk of a number of diseases and premature death.”
However, eating just two ounces of meat per day increased their risk of premature death by 18 percent compared to the group of people who did not eat meat. Womp.
There is good news for meat lovers: that is still considerably less of a risk than what smoking can do to you, which increases your risk of premature death by 200-300 percent.
Moreover, not all meat is bad. “There is substantial scientific evidence to show that beef can be part of a healthy diet,” says the national beef cattle club. “Beef is a great-tasting food that provides an essential source of important nutrients such as iron, zinc and high-quality proteins and helps to compensate for nutritional deficiencies.”
Everything in moderation, right? Make sure it moderates among the two us.
See the video below for more information about this new study.
Are you a big meat eater? How much meat would you say you would eat per day? What do you think of the results of this study?