ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - A new study could have you reconsidering that cheeseburger you planned for dinner.Researchers at USC found people who ate a lot of animal protein, such as meat and cheese, were four times more likely to die of cancer, and three times more likely to die of anything.
At UPMC Altoona, Registered Dietitan Randy Grabill says most of us do get 2 to 3 times the protein we need, because we eat too much .
According to Grabill, moderation and variety are key---don't let animal proteins crowd out fruits and vegetables, which studies show, help prevent cancer.
He says, "eating healthy is kind of like a jigsaw puzzle with a hundred pieces you have to look at all of the pieces and not lose the forest for the trees and really look at the overall picture."
Grabill says other studies haven't shown that a higher protein intake is problem, unless it comes from processed red meats.
Still, he says it's a good idea to get some of your protein from beans, nuts and other non-animal proteins.