Is Eating Red Meat Harmful to Women’s Health?

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Estrogen or progesterone related tumors were more likely to develop in the women who consumed larger amounts of red meat than women who minimized their intake.

In recent years studies have been conducted to try to determine if eating red meat as part of a regular diet can cause cancer. The research is most interesting to those of us who would find it hard to give up our steaks and Sunday roast beef yet keenly appreciate the importance of a healthy diet.

As much as we might hope for a different outcome, one recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine delivered unhappy news. Apparently, women who ate more than 1½ servings of red meat per day were almost twice as likely to develop hormone-related breast cancer as those who ate fewer than three portions per week.

The study tracked the diets and health of 90,000 women for a period extending over two decades. The resulting statistics made it hard to dispute the conclusion.

The hard fact is that estrogen or progesterone related tumors were more likely to develop in the women who consumed larger amounts of red meat than women who minimized their intake.

Although researchers considered other factors such as smoking and body fat, they still found that red meat was linked with an increased risk of breast cancer.

For more information check out:  American Cancer Society


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