The Zoomer Report: Red Meat and Death

The researchers say red meat is associated with a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and any other cause.

For many people, red meat is a primary source of protein and fat, and they eat it every day. The researchers looked at data on 120,000 people over 28 years and calculated that for every daily serving of red meat, the risk of dying increased 12 percent. It was up to 20 percent for processed red meat.

On the other hand, replacing that meat with something healthier reduced the risk of death. The study in the Archives of Internal Medicine said it went down 7 percent for fish, 14 percent for poultry and whole grains, 10 percent for legumes and low-fat dairy products, and 19 percent for nuts.

Bottom line: most nutritionists agree we should move to a more plant-based diet.

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Libby ZnaimerAbout The Zoomer Report
Libby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.
Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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