Red meat and dairy are linked to early death

Red meat and dairy are linked to early death

Red meat and dairy are linked to early death

Red meat and dairy are linked to early death, according to the latest research from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Red meat has been the subject of much negative health research lately. Recently, red meat was linked to kidney failure and breast cancer, amongst many other detrimental health effects.

The new study was the largest to examine the effects of different types of proteins. The results showed that high intakes of proteins from animals especially processed and unprocessed red meats were linked to a higher risk of death.

Overall, our findings support the importance of the sources of dietary protein for long-term health outcomes,” says Mingyang Song, MD, ScD, a research fellow in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit (CTEU) and Division of Gastroenterology and corresponding author of the report. “While previous studies have primarily focused on the overall amount of protein intake — which is important — from a broad dietary perspective, the particular foods that people consume to get protein are equally important. Our findings also have public health implications and can help refine current dietary recommendations about protein intake, in light of the fact that it is not only the amount of protein but the specific food sources that is critical for long-term health.”

The study authors wrote:

High animal protein intake was positively associated with mortality and high plant protein intake was inversely associated with mortality, especially among individuals with at least 1 lifestyle risk factor. Substitution of plant protein for animal protein, especially that from processed red meat, was associated with lower mortality, suggesting the importance of protein source.

In other words, red meat was linked to a higher risk of death, while protein from plants was linked to a lower risk of death.

The new Boston study confirms a similar large-scale study from Mayo Clinic entitled “Is Meat Killing Us,” which also showed that red meat consumption significantly raises death rates.

The study showing that red meat and dairy are linked to early death was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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