By: Eric Steinmehl
Maybe you saw the recent headlines that blared scary warnings like, "Eating meat in middle age is AS DEADLY AS SMOKING." The claims were based on a recent study that found that middle-aged people who eat lots of animal protein were more likely to die early than those who ate less meat. A finding like that is enough to turn a carnivore into a carrot-cruncher, but is the concern real?
First, some background: The study, conducted by an international team of researchers and published in the journal Cell Metabolism, looked at health and diet records of over 6,300 Americans age 50 and older. It found that people between 50 and 65 who got more than 20% of their calories from animal protein were 75% more likely to die during the study's 18 years of follow-up, compared to people who ate low amounts. And they were four times as likely to die of cancer.
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