Eggs and dairy, as well as red meat, can increase your chances of dying from an early death as compared to lean protein sources. Scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital are saying our love for red meat and all things dairy may land us in an early grave. It seems eating more proteins, especially processed red meat and dairy sources such as beef, lamb, goat, eggs, milk, cheese, increases the risk of developing certain life-threatening diseases.

Many of you might be thinking: Aren’t proteins a good thing for health? Yes, they are. But apparently not the kind found in meat and dairy foods, especially if your lifestyle is not very active and your exercise plan exists only in theory. If you are gifted with an athletic body and work out strenuously on a daily basis, then a diet high in red meat and related products like burgers and pizzas should not be problem. But to be honest, other than professional athletes not many of us qualify to eat a lot of red meat and dairy without compromising our health.

The good news is eating more lean proteins from plant protein sources lowers the risk of an early death. Plant protein sources like green vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are excellent sources of essential vitamins and minerals. We shouldn’t be surprised to know eating more of these proteins can prolong our landing in grave town. So those of you who are particularly worried about meeting their daily protein requirement should opt for munching on more plant based proteins.

Chicken, an animal lean protein source is facing a whirlpool of GMO vs organic controversy while sea food, another animal lean protein source, is mired with high mercury content controversy. Having said that, we got twirled whenever choosing best protein option for us. Interestingly, this is also the first time a scientific study has focused on the type of protein being eaten rather than the amount of protein being eaten.

“Overall, our findings support the importance of the sources of dietary protein for long-term health outcomes,” said Dr Mingyang Song from Harvard School of Public Health.