“Eating Meat May Increase Risk of Early Death, Study Finds,” ran the headline in The New York Times in March. “Dying for some red meat? You may be,” quipped the Los Angeles Times.
The big news came from a study that tracked more than half a million Americans aged 50 to 71 for 10 years. Those who reported eating the most red meat were roughly 30 percent more likely to die – mostly of cancer or heart disease – than those who reported eating the least.
“You don’t have to be vegetarian to be healthy,” says Walter Willett, chair of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “If you go from eating meat twice a day to once a week, you can eliminate most of the risk.”
Here’s the evidence that red meat is hazardous to your health.