Is it true that eating less red meat may increase your longevity? Read the material from Harvard, Loma Linda, National Geographic, and other sources below to help answer that question.
On March 12, 2012, Harvard news reported:
A new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers has found that red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of total, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality…The researchers, including senior author Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, and colleagues, prospectively 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 who were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at baseline. Their diets were assessed through questionnaires every four years.
On March 23, 2009, Reuters reported The National Cancer Institute’s study of over 500,000 people, and said:
People who eat the most red meat and the most processed meat have the highest overall risk of death from all causes, including heart disease and cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.
The National Cancer Institute study is one of the largest to look at the highly controversial and emotive issue of whether eating meat is indeed bad for health.
Rashmi Sinha and colleagues looked at the records of more than 500,000 people aged 50 to 71 who filled out questionnaires on their diet and other health habits.
Even when other factors were accounted for — eating fresh fruits and vegetables, smoking, exercise, obesity — the heaviest meat-eaters were more likely to die over the next 10 years than the people who ate the least amount of meat.
Population That Emphasizes Eating Less Meat
National Geographic looked at a group in Loma Linda, California that’s made up of a diverse group of people who live longer than has the highest U.S. lifestyle. They’re a special population because their longevity can’t be atttributed to their genetics; it’s based on their health principles that they follow.
Located halfway between Palm Springs and Los Angeles in California, Loma Linda is home to a concentration of Seventh-day Adventists with a remarkable distinction: Study results have shown that, as a group, they currently lead the U.S. in longest life expectancy. Dan Buettner visited Loma Linda with photographer David McLain to learn the Adventists’ secrets…Adventists with healthy BMIs who keep active and eat meat sparingly, if at all, have lower blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol, and less cardiovascular disease than heavier Americans with higher BMIs.
What did the Dan Buettner, the man who spearheaded the National Geographic study, find in common with other centenarian diets?
Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat—mostly pork—is eaten on average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of deck or cards.