Gastro danger for beef-eaters

Meat-lovers should think twice before tucking into a T-bone if they value their gastrointestinal health, Danish research suggests.

A study has found beef consumption can take its place alongside recent hospitalisation and use of narrow-spectrum antibiotics as a significant risk factor for Clostridium difficile infection.

Patients who ate beef at least weekly were 5.5 times more likely to have the infection than people who didn’t, the study found. This figure excluded infants aged under two.

No such association was seen for any other foods studied