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Processed Meats Found To Be More Dangerous To Health, Meta-Study Finds

May 17, 2010: 04:59 AM EST
Eating unprocessed red meat, such as beef, pork or lamb is much less riskier to health than eating processed meats, such as bacon, sausage or processed deli meats, according to a new U.S. study. The researchers reviewed twenty studies that included 1.2 million people from North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Eating processed meat – smoked, cured, salted, or chemically preserved – was linked to a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes, the researchers found. On average, each 50-gram (1.8 oz) daily serving of processed meat high in sodium and nitrate preservatives (about 1-2 slices of deli meats or 1 hot dog) was associated with the greater risks of developing heart disease and diabetes.
Renata Micha RD, PhD, Sarah K. Wallace BA, et al., "Red and Processed Meat Consumption and Risk of Incident Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes Mellitus. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis", Circulation, May 17, 2010, © American Heart Association, Inc.
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