EATING more tuna, salmon and chicken instead of red meat could cut the risk of an early death by 17 per cent, a major 16-year study in the US claims.
Eating too much beef, pork and lamb has previously been linked to diabetes, heart disease and several cancers.
Now US research in medical journal the BMJ shows upping intake by 3½ portions a week raises the chance of early death by up to 13 per cent.
But those who ditched their daily red meat in favour of tuna or salmon saw their risk of dying young fall by a sixth.
And switching away from beef, lamb and pork and opting for chicken or veg instead cut mortality by ten per cent.
Harvard scientists followed more than 81,000 adults for 16 years.
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Frank Hu, professor of nutrition at the university, said a Mediterranean-style diet was important to “improve both human health and environmental sustainability”.
But the British Meat Processors Association said there was “no consistent evidence that any one food, including red meat, leads to an increased risk of death”.
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