By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, March 13, 2012
According to an American study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine website, excessive intake of red meat may shorten lifespan and increase the mortality rate.
The study shows that “consumption of meat, particularly red meat, is associated with increased risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and certain cancers.
The same study indicates that the risk of dying at an early age from heart disease, cancer, or any other cause rises by an excessive red-meat consumption. The Study called for replacing red meat by white meat, whole grains, legumes and nuts.
The outcome of the study enhance the popular belief that red meat, which contain high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, is harmful to health, specifically the heart, but it is the first of its kind to consider the negative impact of red meat on human life.
Based on these findings, researchers estimate that the replacement of a meal per day of red meat by poultry, fish, nuts, legumes, whole grains, or low-fat dairy products, would reduce the risk of early death by between 7 to 19 per cent.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Dr. Rosemary Leonard said the team that conducted the study “found a definite correlation between eating red meat, particularly processed meat, and death rates from all types of cancer…. Very clear correlation” .She adds that “there is no need to eat red meat everyday”.
She went on to say that there was a strong argument that people should avoid eating processed meats, such as hot dog, sausages, ham and bacon,
The British Heart Foundation said red meat could still be eaten as part of a balanced diet.
With respect to these studies, red meat remains an excellent source of protein and energy.
Larbi Arbaoui, an English teacher, has been teaching English for more than 5 years. He studied English language and literature in Moulay Ismail University, Faculty of Arts and Human sciences, Meknes. He Attended and participated as a speaker in several Regional colloquium of the Moroccan Association of Teachers of English. He wrote a short play entitled « Aicha, the Talented Student » performed in Dar Athaqafa, Zagora. . He is a Contributor to Morocco World News.
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