It's served at every meal... and it's KILLING you

When I was a kid, everyone looked forward to steak night -- and I'll bet it was the same in your house.

All those years back, steak night didn't happen once a week.

Heck, in most homes, folks were lucky to have steak once a month!

Because it was rare, steak night was a treat the entire family planned around.

Today, in many homes, some form of beef is served at practically every dinner -- and on the nights when it's not, there's probably going to be some chicken or pork on the table.

Hey, a little meat is great. But too much of it is a deadly habit -- and ladies, you really want to watch out, because the latest research shows all the meat is taking a toll on your heart.

Older women who eat the most protein have the highest risk of heart failure, a condition so deadly that half of the folks who have it die within just five years.

Overall, women with the highest protein levels are 60 percent more likely to suffer from this condition.

Now, you might be thinking that you can get protein from more than just T-bones, pork chops, and chicken thighs.

That's absolutely true.

But the heart risk was linked specifically to women who ate the most protein from meat.

If you get more protein from healthy plant sources, your risk of heart failure actually plunges.

And if you boost your own intake of these healthy sources of protein -- and cut back on meat -- your odds of developing this killer condition will drop by 20 percent, according to the study presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting.

No one's saying you have to give up meat altogether.

You can have your steak and eat it, too. Just eat less of it. Get back to basics... to when steak night was a special treat that everyone looked forward to.

As of right now, it's the opposite of a treat in most homes. The average American eats 270 POUNDS of meat per year, one of the highest intakes on the planet.

That's more than five pounds of meat per person every week... or three quarters of a pound of meat every single day!

Other developed countries eat far less, and they're healthier for it.

In Japan, for example, folks eat less than two pounds of meat per week, getting more proteins from fish and plants instead.

Maybe it's time to follow their example. After all, they not only have one of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world... they have the longest lives in the world, too.