Study: Red meat increases death risk -

Study: Red meat increases death risk

Want to live longer? Try taking red meat off the menu.

Eating a small portion of red meat every day can boost a person's risk of dying young by up to 20 percent, according to a Harvard study released on Monday.

Researchers found that eating a daily serving of processed red meat, such as a hot dog or bacon slices, can increase the risk of premature death from heart disease and cancer by 20 percent. Consuming unprocessed red meat, like hamburgers or roast beef, boosted that likelihood by 13 percent.

The study tracked more than 120,000 men and women over the course of two decades.

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