Go Med or be dead: Red meat’s horrific health toll is revealed

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Go Med or be dead: Red meat’s horrific health toll is revealed

Eating nuts, fish, eggs and chicken instead cuts your risk of early death by a fifth, researchers find

Laura Donnelly

Swapping a daily portion of red meat in favour of fish or nuts could cut the risk of early death by almost a fifth, research suggests.

Scientists said the Harvard study, published in the British Medical Journal, proved the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, with eggs, nuts and fish chosen more often than meat.

The eight-year study examined the dietary habits of 81,000 people in the US who were asked how often they ate ham, hot dogs and bacon, and whether they ate nuts, fish, eggs, whole grains, legumes and chicken and turkey. The feedback showed that swapping a daily portion of meat for fish cut the risk of premature death by 17% over the eight-year period. Those who increased consumption of nuts while cutting back on red and processed meats saw a 19% reduced risk. Switching meat for whole grains cut risk by 12%, while opting for skinless poultry or vegetables was linked to a 10% lower risk. Eggs revealed an 8% lower risk...

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