Harvard Red Meat Study Says Go Nuts!

    March 14, 2012
    Shawn Hess
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A new study conducted by The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) shows that red meats kill you 20% faster than other proteins. Meat which is high in nitrates like hot dogs, lunch meat, and bacon have the worst effect. Substituting other sources of protein for these meats can significantly reduce your chances of chronic disease and prolong your life.

So here is what you need to do, start substituting one serving of red meat per day with one of the following alternatives. Poultry is the best, it reduces mortality rates by as much as 12%. A second great source is legumes, or nuts, which can reduce risk by 10%. Surprisingly, the next best thing is fish, which reduces your risk by 7%. I thought this would be higher, as we have all heard about the benefits of fish oil.

According to the Peanut Institute, peanuts are the most frequently consume legume in America. This is good news. Now don’t forget, peanuts are high in fat, so you’re not going to lose any inches on the waist line with these goodies, but it’s a healthier fat and peanut oil is really good for men in particular.

Senior author on the study, Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH commented on the research findings:

“This study provides clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death.”

“Choosing more healthful sources of protein in place of red meat can confer significant health benefits by reducing chronic disease morbidity and mortality.”

So if you’re too busy to bring a healthy lunch, don’t stop for that cheap drive-thru burger, stock up on some tasty nuts and keep them in your car at your desk. You’ll be surprised how fast they will fill you up.

So a quick recap if you want to live longer, substitute red meats for poultry, fish, and most easily nuts. American live fast-paced lives so peanuts are an easy substitution. This is a simple way to live healthier and longer. Go nuts!

  • Bill Kilpatrick

    Well, if it isn’t another bogus spin on a study whose actual results can be found at Archives of Internal Medicine. The public would be well-served to read the results for themselves, since so many “journalists” seem incapable of at least summarizing it accurately.

    Feast on this:

    “Men and women with higher intake of red meat were less likely to be physically active and were more likely to be current smokers, to drink alcohol, and to have a higher body mass index (Table 1). In addition, a higher red meat intake was associated with a higher intake of total energy but lower intakes of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.”

    Still think it’s the meat?

    If you’re a fat, lazy, smoker and drinker, who constantly grazes on fast food and avoids whole grains, fruits and vegetables, maybe red meat is the least of your worries.

  • Harley Elizabeth

    Its a little bit hypocritical to call out the journalist for “spinning” the results on the study (to which the link is imbedded in the article) and then present a counter argument that is purely a spin in the opposite direction. I agree, interested persons should read the article and decide for themselves, but just to even up the score here is a counter quote to chew on…

    “Spline regression analysis showed that the association between red meat intake and risk of total mortality was linear (P .10 for both tests).” (ie… not all casualties were due to “fat, lazy, smoker and drinker.”..etc lifestyles. In fact, I did not see that quote at all in Table 1…)

    Notice, the study is not asking for anyone to give up red meat, only to educate the general population on the effects of overconsumption. If you are content with your general state of health, then why are you wasting time reading this article?