How Much Red Meat (and Other Questionable Things) You Can Eat in a Day

If you refuse to take "none" for an answer.

Fun fact number one: Half of all men who die in this country this year will be killed by heart disease, stroke, or cancer.

Fun fact number two: Half of all doctors seem to have different ideas about how to prevent the biggest killers of men.

We spoke to the best of them, and we've simplified, clarified, and prioritized their advice on minimizing the risks of dying before your time.


1 | Butter

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Recommended Daily Allowance: About one tablespoon (or an eighth of a stick) a day. Even though recent studies found no evidence linking butter to higher incidence of heart disease, most doctors still advise moderation.

2 | Eggs

RDA: About one a day (but no more than six a week). Also: Poached and boiled eggs are better for you than scrambled and fried.

3 | Marijuana

RDA: One joint a day; studies show anything more could lead to respiratory problems.

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4 | Red Meat

RDA: You shouldn't be eating red meat every day; instead, limit yourself to 18 ounces of lean, unprocessed red meat a week. (Processed meats like sausage, bacon, and salami have been linked to all kinds of ailments and should be avoided.)

5 | Coffee

RDA: Five 8-ounce cups of filtered coffee a day. (That's filtered. Unfiltered coffees like espresso are oilier and have been associated with raising cholesterol.)

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