Posted by: Sabio Lantz | May 22, 2010

Red Meat vs. Processed Meat

Source: Circulation 5/17/10 (& NYT)

Type of Study:  Meta-analysis
Dose:  1 serving per day

  • Consumption of red meat NOT associated with higher incidence of CHD and DM
  • Processed Meats ARE associated with higher incidence of CHD (42% inc) and DM (19% inc)
  • Neither red meat nor processed meats associated with stroke.
  • Processed Meat: bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs, processed deli or luncheon meats.
  • Culprit was not fat but levels of sodium and chemical preservatives.  Processed meats had about four times more sodium and 50 percent more nitrate preservatives than unprocessed meats.
  • The study suggests meats like burgers and steaks have been wrongly implicated in heart disease. But that mistake likely occurred because the people who eat a lot of meat also tend to consume high amounts of bacon, hot dogs and other processed meats.
  • BUT:  NYT article says: “it doesn’t address research that has linked an increased risk of colon cancer with high meat consumption.”  I am sure these are addressed elsewhere but I don’t have them at the tip of my hands.

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