Shalene McNeill, PhD., R.D., Executive Director, Human Nutrition Research, National Cattlemen's Beef Association

CENTENNIAL, Colo., March 23 /PRNewswire/ — "As is often the case with epidemiological research on this subject, it is hard to draw substantial conclusions about any one food. This latest research is complicated by the fact that study participants exhibited unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, lack of physical activity and maintaining a higher body mass index which are known risk factors for chronic disease.

What can be concluded from this study is that a balanced diet and overall healthy lifestyle can make a difference in helping prevent chronic disease. The science is clear about the important steps we can all take to help decrease risk: Avoid smoking, use alcohol responsibly, eat a balanced diet, be physically active, maintain a healthy weight and eat a nutrient-rich, balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low- and nonfat dairy and lean meats. U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend the average adult eat 5.5 ounces from the meat group each day, and nothing about this latest research suggest any changes in that advice."

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