Steak is Accused as the Main Cause of Early Death
If you are a fan of steaks, then this latest study result is a bad news for you. Based on a research done by the Harvard School of Medicine, it is known that excess daily consumption of red meat can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease that leads to premature death.
Consuming one serving of red meat is equivalent to 85 grams, every day, will increase risk of death from heart disease by 18 percent, and it will also increase the risk of death from cancer by 10 percent.
The study also found that the consumption of processed meat, which equivalent of two slices of bacon or one hot dog, will increase the risk of dying from heart disease by 21 percent and from cancer by 16 percent. Processed meat is known to be a cause of many diseases. Previously it was also known that processed meat triggers pancreatic cancer risks.
The which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, involved more than 100 thousand respondents for about 28 years. The research was done by analyzing the pattern of diet and lifestyle of respondents regularly.
From the study, it was also found that reducing red meat intake about 42 grams a day, or the equivalent of a big steak in a week, could prevent nearly one out of 10 cases of premature death in men, and one of 13 cases in women.
“Given the evidence that red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of chronic disease and premature death, we try to eat them occasionally, instead of making them a daily menu routine,” said Dr. Frank Hu, lead author of the study, as quoted by the Telegraph.
Frank Hu recommends that people should not eat red meat more than 70 grams a day.
Red meat contains high concentrations of saturated fat. It is better to replace red meat with poultry, fish or vegetables, grains and other healthy foods, because it will cut up to one-fifth of the risk of premature death.
Dr An, the lead author of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, wrote, “We found that the greater consumption of red meat, either unprocessed or those that has been processed, is associated with an increased risk of death.”
Dr Carrie Ruxton, from the Meat Advesory Panel, a group of doctors and scientists funded by a number of processed meat industry in Britain, doubt the findings. She considered that this conclusion is based only on theoretical models that are not accurate. “Red meat is an important source of iron, and vitamin D, which are also important for health, especially in pregnant women and infants.”
Department of Health spokesman said: “Red meat can be part of a balanced diet. But those who are accustomed to eating red meat and processed meat in excess amount should consider reducing it in a regular basis.”
So ti avoid premature death, for people who are fans of foods from red meat, it is advised to limit the intake and do not consume excessively.