If you’re among the many meat lovers in the world, you may find this news a bit disappointing. According to a team of Swedish researchers, red meat, whether it is processed or unprocessed, can increase your risk of dying.
The study, which is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, investigated almost 75,000 people and it was later discovered that red meat can indeed decrease a person’s lifespan.
A total of 74,645 participants were studied to determine if there is a link between red meat consumption and longevity. To find the connection, a questionnaire was prepared, which involved asking about the following:
- Eating habits of the participants
- Alcohol consumption
- Whether or not they smoke
- Whether or not they are physically active or if they exercise
Other lifestyle indicators were also in the questionnaire, but among the most notable is the presentation of 96 food items, which were different types of red meat. The participants were also asked about the frequency of their consumption of both processed and unprocessed meats, such as:
- Minced pork
- Cold cuts
- Hot dogs
The investigation of the involved participants lasted for 15 years, which according to the Swedish researchers were enough to test their theory regarding the link between early deaths and red meat consumption.
Within 15 years, the researchers were able to record almost 17,000 deaths, which is equal to 20% of the study population. Looking more into the results, the scientists were able to make the following discoveries:
- People who ate about 300 grams daily or equal to more than 10.5 ounces of unprocessed or processed red meats had experienced a lifespan decrease of up to two years.
- Meanwhile, people who ate about a hundred grams or 3.5 ounces of red meat, regardless of the type, had a decline of up to nine months.
The time deducted in the lifespan of the other participants was gathered by comparing the lifespan of those who don’t eat red meats.
What Does This Study Tell Us?
According to the researchers, whether you eat moderately or you cannot live without red meat, it will have a huge impact on your lifespan. While unprocessed meats, which are usually sold as fresh, are considered the healthier red meat option, the scientists still don’t recommend eating red meats. But it does not mean you should completely avoid eating these meats. As you can see, the effects of processed meat are much more significant, so you should cut your consumption of the processed type before it’s too late.