Researchers at The National Cancer Institute surveyed over 500,000 adults, then followed them for ten years.
They found those who ate the most red and processed meat had a significantly increased risk for death from heart disease and cancer than those who ate the least amount. Participants who ate the most meat consumed roughly one thousand calories a day. However, adults who ate mostly white meat had a slightly *reduced* risk for death.
Experts say if the participants who ate the most red meat cut their intake to that of those who ate the least meat, their risk of death would go down by 11 percent for men, and 21 percent for women.
Critics say the data shows smoking and lack of exercise are also strong predictors of early death.