Harvard Women's Health Watch

What's the beef with meat?

Red meat isn't just a type of food—it's a deep-rooted part of our culture. Not too long ago, no dinner table was complete without a hearty portion of meat and potatoes. During summer celebrations we fill our grills with hot dogs and hamburgers. Bacon and sausage play starring roles with eggs at breakfast. This love affair with red meat (which includes beef, lamb, pork, and veal) may be endangering our health. Several studies have linked diets high in red meat to cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. A recent report from the Harvard School of Public Health goes one step further, suggesting that regularly consuming red meat may lead to premature death.
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