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Not an Old Wives' Tale

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Conventional wisdom says that eating lots of red meat is bad for you. Now, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine provides evidence, reports the UK's Press Association. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data collected from more than 120,000 people over the course of 28 years, and found that regularly eating red meat significantly increases a person's risk of death from heart disease or cancer. However, the researchers also found that replacing red meat with fish, poultry, or vegetable proteins lowered a person's risk of dying of those diseases. "Scientists documented 23,926 deaths, including 5,910 from heart disease and 9,364 from cancer, and there was a striking association in the data between consumption of red meat and premature death," the Press Association says. "Each additional daily serving of unprocessed red meat, equivalent to a helping of beef, lamb or pork about the size of a deck of cards, raised the mortality rate by 13%, while processed meat increased it by 20%."

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