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I live in the “beef belt” with neighbors driving cars with license plates reading “EAT BEEF.”   But, I must report on studies showing eating red meat is harmful.

Eating red meat is associated with a significantly increased risk of

  • total mortality,
  • cardiovascular disease mortality and
  • cancer mortality.

Studies of nearly 38,000 men and 83,000 women were followed every 4 years (up to 28 years of follow up).   The elevated risk of total mortality for a one-serving-per-day of red meat consumption was 12% for total red meat, 13% for unprocessed red meat, and 20% for processed red meat.

Good news.  Replacing one serving of red meat with one serving of fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy products or whole grains daily was associated with a 7 to 19% lower risk of death.


Archives of Internal Medicine, 2012 referenced.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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