Eating red meat every day will kill you, according to a study.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health said a 20-year study has given them irrefutable evidence that a daily diet of red meat is bad for the heart.
Researchers had conducted a survey on 37,698 men and 83,644 women over the past two decades.
During the survey, volunteers were asked to answer a simple questionnaire about their eating habits and they discovered that people who regularly consume red meat, particularly processed red meat have more chances of getting heart diseases and cancer.
One daily serving of unprocessed red meat (about the size of a deck of cards) was associated with a 13 per cent increased risk of mortality, and one daily serving of processed red meat (one hot dog or two slices of bacon) was associated with a 20 per cent increased risk.
Researchers also discovered that healthy protein-rich food like fish, poultry, nuts, and legumes can lower the risk of mortality.
"This study provides clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death," said Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, in a statement. "On the other hand, choosing more healthful sources of protein in place of red meat can confer significant health benefits by reducing chronic disease morbidity and mortality."