I’m so glad someone asked this! All the diets and health advisors say we should “cut back” on red meat to better serve our health, but that’s such a relative/abstract term – how much should we eat? A lot of research has the “cut” (no pun intended) at eighteen ounces per week. That’s three burgers. Or two normal-sized steaks. Or like, five sausages. All approximations, of course, but the point is that ‘cutting back’ to eighteen ounces each week is not anywhere close to cutting red meat out of a diet altogether. You could still have a juicy hamburger every other day and be in the preferred amount range.
Like anything else, one should not indulge in one thing too much. The study cited in the Washington Post article (linked below) tabulated that if one averages over 4 ounces of red meat a day (a small hamburger) they increased their likelihood of facing health problems later in life. Cutting back consumption to two or three times a week is probably the healthiest plan if one is going to include red meat in their diet.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, people should eat no more than 18 ounces of cooked red meat per week and avoid processed meats altogether. This is because red meat can increase your risk of colorectal cancer by 30% for every 3.5 ounces of red meat eaten per day. Although red meat contains nutrients such as protein, zinc, selenium, iron, and B vitamins, it increases your risk of mortality by 30%.
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