You’ve probably heard it before: Eat less red meat. Now, there’s more evidence to support this advice.
A large study conducted at Harvard has found that eating chicken or turkey instead of beef, pork or lamb can cut women’s heart disease risk.
Researchers say this probably works for men, too.
The study charted the eating habits of 84,136 healthy women aged 30 to 55 over 26 years, and analysed whether they got sick or not. The women were part of the Nurses’ Health Study.
Results indicate that each time you substitute red meat with poultry, nuts, fish, or low-fat dairy, you reduce your heart disease risk. Red meat contains baddies like heme iron and saturated fat, whereas these better sources of protein contain goodies such as fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats, which may protect against heart disease.
Every seven minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease or stroke. Breaking down the deaths, 30 per cent of male deaths and 31 per cent of female deaths in Canada are from cardiovascular disease.