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Red meat intake linked to increased risk of fatal CHD in men

Key clinical point: Even partial replacement of red meat with healthy, plant-based sources of protein could substantially reduce rates of coronary heart disease in the United States.

Major finding: Substituting one serving per day of red or processed red meat with foods such as nuts, legumes, whole grains, or dairy was associated with up to a 47% lower risk of having coronary heart disease in men.

Study details: A prospective evaluation of 43,259 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986-2012).

Disclosures: Dr. Al-Shaar reported having no financial disclosures. The study was supported by a T32 training grant from the National Institutes of Health and by other grants from the NIH.


Al-Shaar L et al. Epi/Lifestyle 2020, Abstract P512.