Statistically, your risk of dying is 100%. But, there’s no need to hasten it unduly, know what I mean? Which is why I find this sort of article both interesting and exasperating.
On the one hand, well, I don’t eat red meat all that often (maybe once a week, twice a week is a lot for me), so when I read it I get all “Yay me!”. On the other, this sort of numeric detail isn’t really going to help anyone: “However, substituting nuts for red meat lowered total mortality risk by 19 percent, while poultry or whole grains lowered the risk 14 percent and fish did so by seven percent.” So, er, if I eat fish instead of red meat I lower my risk of dying young to…13 percent? Thirteen percent less? Less than what?
And then…hold the phone there Nellie, the end of this article takes a sharp right turn into the don’t-drink-soda debate: ” as higher levels of inflammation and harmful lipids known as triglycerides in daily sweet-drinkers.” Where did that come from?
So, er, carry on, troopers, eating and drinking in moderation and eating mostly things that grew in the ground. I’m glad somebody’s interested in doing research, but we already know that eating processed food is bad for the body, and eating food that grew in the ground is good.