Eating the equivalent of a hamburger a day increases your chances of death by 30% in a ten year study. They give various possible explanations for this and emphasize that you don't need to be vegetarian, just cut way back. I still think mostly vegetarian is the way to go, with occasional time outs for special treats ;-)
My favorite part of the article is this:
The American Meat Institute, a trade group, dismissed the findings, however, saying they were based on unreliable self-reporting by the study participants.
"Meat products are part of a healthy, balanced diet, and studies show they actually provide a sense of satisfaction and fullness that can help with weight control. Proper body weight contributes to good health overall," James H. Hodges, the group's executive vice president, said in a written statement.Heh. I can hear the tobacco growers now: "Tobacco products actually provide a sense of satisfaction that can help with weight control. Proper body weight contributes to good health overall." Heh. :-P