Find out where residents eat the most artery-clogging beef and pork.
Who doesn’t love a juicy steak or a burger hot off the grill? But when it comes to aging, too much of the red stuff is a bad thing. “Red meat is always harmful above a certain threshold,” says Keith Roach, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge Test. In fact, eating more than two servings of red meat a day (that’s the equivalent of 6 ounces, or the size of two decks of cards) can make your RealAge 1 year older for men and 2 years older for women. That’s why we factored red meat into the RealAge 2013 Youngest & Oldest Cities in America Report.
The fifth biggest meat-eating city is Detroit. Most residents in this populous Michigan town live twice as far from the nearest supermarket as they do from a fast food restaurant -- meaning more burgers and fries and less fresh produce. Residents of the “Motor City” also rank poorly in cholesterol and exercise, both factors that can lower your RealAge. “People often find that when they change one habit to improve their health, it’s easier to make changes in other areas,” says Roach. “If they exercise it becomes easier to eat healthy and vice versa.”
Home to one of the largest livestock markets in the world, it’s no surprise that Oklahoma City ranks high on our list. Residents here love their meat, but aren’t too keen on eating vegetables, fruits or whole grains, which contributes to high rates of hypertension and cholesterol. Poor diet is also why Oklahoma City ranks 4th on our Top Cities for Aging Report. The USDA’s “My Plate" guidelines recommend that you fill half your plate with fruits and veggies and make half of your grains whole gains. A diet rich in whole grains can help you avoid diabetes, heart disease and gum disease -- not to mention belly fat.
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