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Can Less Red Meat Add Up to a Longer Life?

Study Ties Red Meat to a Higher Risk of Death From Heart Disease and Cancer

Why Worry About Red Meat? continued...

High red meat consumption has also been linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

"The notion that eating meat might be bad for us is tough to swallow for a generation that has drunk deep of the 'low carb' Kool-Aid!” David L. Katz, MD, MPH, founder and director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Conn., says in an email to WebMD.

But Katz says the evidence clearly shows that more is not better when it comes to red meat.

“Eating 'more' meat means eating a lower proportion of calories from plants -- vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, whole grains -- which are decisively associated with better health," he says.

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