High Animal Protein Intake Linked to Higher Risk of Death
A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that diets rich in animal protein, specifically red meat are associated with (or linked) to a greater risk of death during a 20-year follow up.
To be perfectly clear, the researchers did not find that red meat causes increased mortality. Rather, they simply found a statistical relationship between 2,600 Finnish men who ate lots of red meat and the number of men who passed away during a 20-year follow up. Compared to men with a balanced ratio of both animal and plant based protein in their diet, men whose diet was rich in meat had a 23% greater risk of death.
Nonetheless, this study adds to a growing body of evidence showing health-related drawbacks to a diet rich in animal-proteins, especially processed meats. It also highlights the importance of balancing protein sources in the diet by adding more plant-based protein sources such as legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains and concentrated plant proteins when necessary.
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