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A Lesson in Moderation…

So those buzz kills at Harvard School of Public Health just wrote something…

…a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that daily consumption of red meat — particularly processed meat — may be riskier than carnivores realize.

“The statistics are staggering,” study author Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public health, told us. “The increased risk is really substantial.”

He found that people who consumed about one serving of red meat (beef, pork or lamb) per day had a 13 percent increased risk of mortality, compared with those who were eating very little meat. And processed meats raised the risk higher, to about a 20 percent increased risk of death from diseases including cancer and heart disease.

Well, I guess there’s that.

Look, we love bacon here at TDB world headquarters, this much is true! But even I would never advocate for bacon everyday.  I think we all know that moderation is the best way to savor the sweet swine.

In effort to provide balance to the story, we now bring you this…

The American Meat Institute Foundation disputes the findings that red meats including processed meats elevate the risk of cancer.

“I don’t think there are a lot of risks associated with those processes [used to produce hot dogs or bacon],” says Betsy Booren, director of scientific affairs for the AMI Foundation.

“They’re made from meat, which is needed in the body,” Booren says. And she argues it’s unfair to single out meat, when there are many risk factors for cancer and heart disease.

I had NO idea there was an American Meat Institution…classic!

Listen to the rest of the story from NPR and then make your life choice.