PUBLIC OPINION > Most People Eat Red Meat Two to Three Times a Week
Living 2012/03/14 13:00:00
Proud carnivores might be upset to read a new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health. After examining the diets of more than 100,000 people for 22 years, they discovered that more red meat lead to a higher risk of death. Depending on the type of meat, the study estimated a 13%-20% increase in risk for each additional daily serving -- meaning three ounces of steak or two slices of bacon. Study authors admitted some red meat in the diet is healthy and natural, but "no more than two or three servings of red meat a week." We asked the public if that sounds about right.
Those researchers can rest easy, because it doesn't sound like most people eat more than a few servings a week in the first place. Only 17% of respondents said they eat red meat most days, with most following the recommended 2-3 per week. Of course, there were plenty of skeptics, regardless of how much they're eating. The Top Opinion wrote, "Did they take into account exercise, occupation and stress levels?" Obviously, there are many factors that affect risk of death. Fortunately, the factors here were relatively small, and only appear to have affected people who ate multiple servings daily.
Men Eat More Red Meat
We kind of suspected it, but here it is. Men do indeed eat more red meat. They're 9% more likely to eat it almost every day, and 26% more likely to eat it more than once a week. Women, on the other hand, are 8% more likely to swear it off completely. It's a stereotype, but apparently a true one.
A Third of Teens Make a Habit of It
The age group most likely to eat red meat on an almost daily basis was teens (32%). We can't help but point a finger at fast food here, but that wouldn't explain why only 7% of college-aged respondents (18-24) eat red meat that often. Incidentally, the 25-34 group is most likely to not eat red meat at all (34%).
Moderates in Moderation
Political moderates stuck to their guns. They were very unlikely to swear off red meat completely (9%) and almost as unlikely to eat it more than a few times a week (16%). Elsewhere on the political spectrum, libertarians were most likely to eat it on an almost daily basis (40%), and progressives were most likely to avoid it (40%).
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about red meat. We'd love to hear from you!
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