Eating Too Much Meat and Eggs Is ‘Just As Bad As Smoking’, Claim Scientists

Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

IAN JOHNSTON| The Independent | March 6th 2014

Eating too much meat and eggs is ‘just as bad as smoking’, claim scientistsMiddle-aged people who eat protein-rich food are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone who only eats a little, according to a new study.


The researchers said eating a lot of protein increased the risk of cancer almost as much as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.

They reached their findings, published in the journal Cell: Metabolism, after tracking thousands of people over 20 years.

“We provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet – particularly if the proteins are derived from animals – is nearly as bad as smoking for your health,” one of the academics behind the work, Dr Valter Longo, of the University of Southern California, told The Daily Telegraph.

A high-protein diet was defined as one in which 20 per cent of the calories came from protein. They recommended eating 0.8g of protein per kilogram of body weight a day during middle age.


However the researchers said protein had benefits during later life.

Dr Eileen Crimmins, a co-author of the study, said: “We also propose that at older ages, it may be important to avoid a low-protein diet to allow the maintenance of healthy weight and protection from frailty.”

An Indonesian vendor sells vegetables in Jakarta.

An Indonesian vendor sells vegetables in Jakarta.
However Dr Gunter Kuhnle, a food nutrition scientist at the University of Reading, criticised the study for making a link to smoking.

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