Thursday, April 30, 2009

Eating so much meat is killing America [1.5 million deaths blamed]

The increase in mortality risk tied to the higher levels of meat consumption was described as “modest,” ranging from about 20 percent to nearly 40 percent. But the number of excess deaths that could be attributed to high meat consumption is quite large given the size of the American population.

Extrapolated to all Americans in the age group studied, the new findings suggest that over the course of a decade, the deaths of one million men and perhaps half a million women could be prevented just by eating less red and processed meats, according to estimates prepared by Dr. Barry Popkin, who wrote an editorial accompanying the report.

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There was a time when red meat was a luxury for ordinary Americans, or was at least something special: cooking a roast for Sunday dinner, ordering a steak at a restaurant. Not anymore. Meat consumption has more than doubled in the United States in the last 50 years.

Now a new study of more than 500,000 Americans has provided the best evidence yet that our affinity for red meat has exacted a hefty price on our health and limited our longevity.

The study found that, other things being equal, the men and women who consumed the most red and processed meat were likely to die sooner, especially from one of our two leading killers, heart disease and cancer, than people who consumed much smaller amounts of these foods.

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Tami said...

I've been seeing more & more articles like the one from the NY Times lately. The mounting evidence is becoming harder to ignore; our current rate of meat consumption is just unhealthy.

Cutting back on meat is one of the simplest things Americans can do to improve their health. Did you know that meat consumption has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer? These illnesses are four of the largest killers in the United States and they're all preventable.

You don't have to become a full vegetarian to help your well-being; even a small change in what you eat makes a huge impact. I work on a non-profit health campaign called Meatless Monday, which encourages Americans to forgo meat once a week to improve their health. Skipping meat one day a week reduces your saturated fat intake by 15%, which is an easy way to decrease your risk of illness.

Nick said...

Awesome input Tami - thanks. I agree, justcurbing our intake can do a lot, and so much meat is obviously not good for us hence the heart disease, caner rate etc.