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Less Red Meat, More Beneficial Fats Support Heart Health

August 26, 2010 by  

Less red meat, more beneficial fats support heart healthChoosing foods that have fewer unhealthy fats may help individuals avoid heart health problems, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The study examined the nutritional habits of 84,136 women between the ages of 30 and 55. Researchers administered dietary questionnaires regularly throughout the course of the 26-year study.

Results showed that women who ate two or more servings of red meat each day were 30 percent more likely to develop heart health problems that women who ate less saturated fat.

Additionally, those who consumed one or more servings per day of fish – which generally has high concentrations of healthier omega-3 fatty acids – were 24 percent less likely to develop heart complications.

"There are good protein-rich sources that do not involve red meat," said Adam Bernstein, who led the investigation. "You don’t need to have hot dogs, hamburgers, bologna or pastrami, which are all fresh or processed meats."

"Our study shows that making substitutes for red meat or minimizing the amount of red meat in the diet has important health benefits."
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