Replacing red meat with other protein sources such as chicken and fish, may reduce the risk of kidney failure, that's according to a study conducted in Singapore.
Going up to 62 percent decrease in risk associated with end stage renal disease - which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Almost all red meat consumed by study participants was pork. The research was led by Professor Koh Woon Puay of Duke-NUS Medical School and NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.
The study was conducted over a period of 15 years on more than 60,000 Chinese adults in Singapore. Participants aged between 45 and 74 years old at the start of the study.
No relationship was found between renal failure and consumption of poultry, fish, eggs or dairy products, while soybeans and other legumes can reduce the risk of kidney failure, the study found.
The findings are consistent with other findings that examine the Western diet who ate beef and processed.
The best way is to eat red meat in moderation. For example, instead of eating red meat every day, it is better to replace or menyelinginya with other meats such as poultry and fish, or vegetable protein such as soy and nuts.
Professor Koh Woon Puay, who led the study, said that should not stop eating red meat in total if you can not yet. He said, "The best is to eat red meat in moderate amounts."
Meanwhile, Professor Chan Choong Meng, a senior consultant, and professor Woo Keng Thye, emeritus consultant, noted that people need protein to have a strong immune system to fight infections.
You must ensure that your protein needs are met from other sources such as eggs and milk, if you choose not to eat meat, fish or other seafood.