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Less life expectancy due to a lot of meat
According to a new study, two sausage rolls or a schnitzel per day are enough to have a statistically significantly lower life expectancy. The negative effects of meat consumption cannot be offset by eating fruits and vegetables.
Preventive potential for many diseases
In recent years, numerous scientific studies have shown that there are many health reasons for a meat-free diet. A vegetarian or predominantly plant-based diet can therefore make an important contribution to protection against diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. High meat consumption, on the other hand, can help reduce life expectancy.
Longer life by not eating meat
According to experts, red meat in particular poses an increased health risk.
Last year, US scientists published the results of a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, which concluded that people who do not eat meat live almost four years longer.
A study from Sweden has now shown that high meat consumption significantly reduces life expectancy. Regardless of how much other health-promoting foods such as fruits and vegetables are eaten.
Effects on life expectancy
As reported by the APA news agency, scientists at the Karolinska Institutet Medical University in Stockholm examined the effects of meat consumption on life expectancy in 74,645 people of different ages over a 16-year period.
At the start of the study, they surveyed these people's eating habits and divided them into five groups based on the average amount of meat consumed daily.
Kurt Widhalm, President of the Austrian Academic Institute for Nutritional Medicine (ÖAIE) said: “At the end of the observation period, it turned out that the death rate in the group with the highest meat consumption (over 117 grams per day) was 21 percent higher than in the Group with the lowest meat consumption (under 46 grams per day). "
"In particular, deaths from cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes occurred significantly more frequently in people who eat a lot of meat," said the expert.
Consuming fruits and vegetables does not outweigh the negative consequences
The study also examined whether eating fruits and vegetables could offset the negative effects of high meat consumption.
"Here the study authors came to the conclusion that this is clearly not the case: the increased morbidity and mortality was equally present in all people with a high meat consumption," said Widhalm.
“This means that two sausage rolls or a schnitzel a day are enough to have a statistically significantly lower life expectancy. Regardless of whether you otherwise eat a healthy diet and eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. "
Meat consumption should be halved at least
Experts have long advised to hold back on meat and sausages. The environmental protection organization Greenpeace recently pointed out that meat consumption should be halved.
This would also make an important contribution to ecological life.
The ÖAIE recommends that meat consumption be significantly reduced and instead eating more health-promoting foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains.
“A maximum of two servings of fresh red meat such as beef, pork or lamb should be eaten per week. Processed meat products such as sausage and ham should only be consumed once a week, if at all, and only to a small extent of a maximum of 50 grams, ”explained Widhalm. "Everything that goes beyond that has been proven to be harmful to health." (Ad)