Bad news for all barbecue fans: If you eat too much red meat, your life expectancy will be shortened. According to a US study, daily consumption of sausages, steaks and cold cuts increases the risk of death by up to 20 percent.
The reason for the lower life expectancy are various diseases that can be promoted by meat consumption. Meat is an important source of protein, but those who regularly eat a lot of red meat increase the risk of diabetes. According to the study, susceptibility to cardiovascular disease and various types of cancer is also increasing. According to the researchers, even small changes in diet can significantly reduce the risk. Poultry, fish, dairy products or legumes can replace red meat. Those who regularly eat nuts instead of meat reduce the risk of death by 19 percent, and eating whole grains or poultry reduces the risk by 14 percent. In order to demonstrate the negative effects of meat consumption on life expectancy, around 38,000 men were examined over a period of 22 years and more than 83,600 women over 28 years for the current study. The results could now save a lot of costs. In the United States, more than 75 percent of annual health care spending is devoted to chronic conditions such as the above. If citizens consumed less red meat, treatment costs could also be reduced, the researchers argue.