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4 More Reasons Not To Eat Meat

4 More Reasons Not To Eat Meat
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Reason #1: Excessive consumption of red meat, especially in processed forms such as hot dogs and bacon, has been linked to a higher risk of total, cardiovascular and cancer mortality, according to a just-published study in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers observed 37,698 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study for up to 22 years and 83,644 women in the Nurses’ Health Study for up to 28 years. Participants were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at baseline and their diets were assessed via questionnaires every four years.

The two studies found a combined 23,926 deaths, of which 5,910 were from cardiovascular disease and 9,464 from cancer. As noted in Science Daily, a single daily serving of unprocessed red meat (which is about “the size of a deck of cards”) was connected to a 13% increased risk of mortality, while a single daily serving of processed red meat (a hot dog or two slices of bacon) was linked to a 20% increased risk.

Replacing one serving of total red meat with a serving of a healthy protein source (fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, even vegetables) was associated with a lower mortality risk. Indeed, the researchers “estimated that 9.3% of deaths in men and 7.6% in women could have been prevented at the end of the follow-up” if all who participated had simply eaten less than 0.5 servings per day of red meat.


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10:38PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Reading things like this make me realize just how lucky I am to have grown up a vegetarian.

5:46PM PDT on May 28, 2013

For all these reasons, and more, already not eating meat...

11:10AM PDT on May 2, 2013

Interesting article

8:52AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Stop ALL killing, and we'll all live longer.

6:17AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

There's always alternative

2:58AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

11:42PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

thank you

3:07PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

I would add sincere love for animals, thank you for sharing!!!

1:22PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Reason #2 needs more study. I don't know how true this is in humans, but my boyfriend is an excessive meat eater, yet at the same times LOVES fruits and natural sweets. I'd like to see more study on that in humans if this is the case, since it's actually very interesting to see in other carnivores.

I stopped eating meat a long time ago for health reasons, but like Reason #4, a lot of people are in the dark about how the meat industry works behind the scenes. Definitely things that will make you quit eating meet altogether if you ever seen the videos! They're horrendous!

2:25AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Thank you

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