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Increase Your Life Span with This Protein

Increase Your Life Span with This Protein

Which do you have on the menu tonight -- chicken, beef, pork, or fish? Your answer just might affect your life span.

Your best bet: Choose two legs -- or a couple of flippers -- over four. In other words, the healthy meats (chicken and fish). A study found that people who ate the most red (beef, pork) or processed (hot dogs, bacon) meats had the highest risk of dying during the 10-year analysis.

Pick a Protein
The red- and processed-meat eaters also had a higher risk of dying from cancer or heart disease. Why? Researchers aren't exactly sure. Could be the preservatives in processed meats. Could be the artery-clogging fats found in beef and bacon. Or it could be that both red- and processed-meat eaters consume less body-friendly foods like whole grains, fruit, veggies and the healthy meats. In fact, other research shows that vegetarians fare best when it comes to heart disease mortality. (Cooking meat at high temps creates carcinogens. See how the experts minimize cancer-causing compounds when cooking.)

Substitution Situations
A shorter life span is a big price to pay for indulging in cheeseburgers and BLTs. So stuff those tacos with healthy meats like ground turkey, and order the veggie pizza next time you're short on time (hold the pepperoni!).

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Medically reviewed in November 2019.

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