Study Shows Red Meat Is Bad For Your Health

By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We’ve known for quite some time that eating red meat is probably not that good for you. Well, it probably is as bad as you thought.

That’s according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. It’s a study which looked at lots of people: 37,698 men followed for 22 years and over 83,000 women followed for 28 years.

What they found is there was an increase risk of cardio vascular disease and cancer.

Here’s what’s really interesting: people who ate red meat are more likely to drink alcohol and exercise less. Those who substituted poultry or fish actually did much better.

So when you look at the overall study, you have to understand it isn’t just eating the red meat. There are other factors you can’t pull out of the study. It’s important to look at the total picture.

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  • Zzbar

    So is everything else bad for your health. On a side note, my lady keeps saying’ “wheres the beef”.

  • kay

    I have to believe the life style habits are a greater influence (drinking and no exercise) on the cardiovascular system than the meat itself. Organic meats (no steroids or hormones) are much better for you. These studies should be done showing both side by side. My guess is the results would be much different.

  • Linda D Bryant

    If the farmers would not shoot their cattle up with so many steroids and hormones to make them grow larger quicker–maybe red meat would not be so

    People have been eating meat since the stone- age. Now, there is something wrong with everything that we consume!!!!!!

  • Cynthia Petillo

    I’m glad to see that this report also points to other unhealthy habits/lifestyles of those who eat red meat, as contributing to an increase in cardio-vascular disease. I come from a long family history of red meat eaters. No one in our family(as far as I know) has suffered from cardiovascular disease. Of course, years ago family members walked and performed more manual labor, and the portion sizes were smaller due to lack of affordability. They also drank homemade wine and cheeses. The French paradox?

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