Eating lean proteins, such as nuts, chicken and fish, reduces a person’s risk of dying compared to a diet high in red meats, eggs and dairy, according to a large study out Monday.

The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine confirm what many health experts have said for decades, but also contained some surprises.

For instance, diets high in red meat and fatty proteins like eggs and cheese were not linked to a higher risk of dying among people who were otherwise healthy.

However, people with one other risk factor — such as drinking lots of alcohol, being overweight, inactive or smoking — were more likely to see their death risk rise if they ate more red meat.

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