The latest research from Harvard reveals that excessive consumption of red meat can contribute to death at a relatively young age. Data shows that diets high in high red meat consumption could contribute developing cause of heart diseases and certain cancers. The research suggests that diets that combine fresh fruits and vegetables with alternative sources of protein are a healthier choise.
“Our study adds more evidence to the health risks of eating high amounts of red meat, which has been associated with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers in other studies,” said An Pan, the research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and lead author of the research.
The processed meat, which is consumed in various forms these days, is even more dangerous for health, according to the research. Earlier researches have also advised to reduce the consumption of red meat, but this latest study has related the use of red meat with life of an individual. The advice is to use whole grains and fish in replacement of meat.
"Our message is to try to reduce the red meat consumption to less than two to three servings per week. We don't want everyone to be a vegetarian. It's better to go with unprocessed products and plant-based foods,” Pan further said.
Red meat, especially the processed one, has additives and undergoes such procedures that in addition to being rich in saturated fats, it becomes a causing agent for cancer as well. Also, when someone consumes more meat, other essential components in a balanced diet are reduced and therefore the chances of health problem increase even more.
"If you eat more red meat, on average, you may be eating fewer fruits and vegetables, so you're getting the bad things from the red meat and you're not getting the good things from the fruits and vegetables. My preference is for people to have as little red meat as they can, and I think it's ideal to avoid red meat," Robert Ostfeld, who is a cardiologist, said regarding the new research.
The study alarms the people who are fond of products rich in red meat and consume them regularly. Fast foods are one of the categories that provide such items.