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The Swap: Less Processed Meat, More Plant-Based Foods May Boost Longevity

A new study of 80,000 people finds that those who ate the most red meat — especially processed meats such as bacon and hot dogs — had a higher risk of premature death compared with those who ate less.
Processed meats, including hot dogs and bacon, cook in a frying pan. A new study of 80,000 people finds that those who ate the most red meat — especially processed meats such as bacon and hot dogs — had a higher risk of premature death compared with those who cut back. Source: Joe Raedle

A new study published in The BMJ can't tell you exactly how much red meat is OK to eat to maintain good health or prevent disease.

But it does help sort out a big-picture, and perhaps more important, question: What does a healthy pattern of eating look like?

A diet that includes plenty of nuts, seeds, fish, vegetables and whole — appears to be better than a diet rich in red meat, especially processed meats such as bacon and hot dogs.

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