Eating white meat like chicken instead of red meat might lower your risk of cancer and heart disease. But doctors aren’t sure. Red meats include beef, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat meat.
There is strong evidence that processed meats like bacon or sausage increase the risk of cancer. But the actual risk of getting cancer from processed meat is small. But it is higher than the risk of cancer from eating only a little processed meat.
Red meat, especially when cooked at high temperatures, also probably increases the risk of cancer. But the evidence for this increased risk is not as strong. Some studies show red and processed meats also raise the risk of heart disease deaths, but others do not.
Red meat is risky while white is wiser.