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Red meat increases risk of cancer and heart disease, study says

A new study from Harvard University says eating red meat can increase your risk of heart disease and cancer.
March 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study from Harvard University's School of Public Health says eating red meat can increase your risk of heart disease and cancer.

The study showed that even one serving a day can increase your risk of death by 12 percent.

"My take away from this is: everything in moderation. You can eat red meat. I wouldn't eat more than two servings per week," said Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News' medical editor. "In this study, a serving was 3 ounces, so that is the size of a deck of cards."

The study's authors found that eating fish, poultry, nuts and legumes was associated with a lower risk of mortality.


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