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Red Meat: Unhealthy to Healthy to Unhealthy

According to a recently published Web MD feature on red meat: "A National Institutes of Health-AARP study of more than a half-million older Americans concluded that people who ate the most red meat and processed meat over a 10-year-period were likely to die sooner than those who ate smaller amounts. Those who ate about 4 ounces of red meat a day were more likely to die of cancer or heart disease than those who ate the least, about a half-ounce a day. Epidemiologists classified the increased risk as 'modest' in the study." There are some benefits to red meat, though, Web MD continues, noting that it is high in iron and that it supplies vitamin B12, zinc, and protein. The feature suggests that it's best to consume red meat in about 3-ounce servings.

A similar study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health in 2011 concluded that there is a strong association between regular consumption of red meats (both processed and unprocessed) and increased risks of developing type 2 diabetes.

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