Eating a lot of red meat could increase men’s risk of diverticulitis, a painful digestive disorder.
A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the diets of more than 45,000 middle-aged men. It showed men who ate more than 12 servings of red meat a week were 58% more likely to develop diverticulitis than those who ate just one weekly serving.
Researchers say replacing one serving of red meat a day with chicken or fish could cut the risk of diverticulitis by 20%.
Diverticulitis causes severe pain, nausea, and can lead to tears or blockages in the colon.