View Full Version : Bad news for hot dogs, good news for steak!

05-18-2010, 03:56 PM

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health sifted through more than 1,600 studies, ultimately identifying 20 that investigated the link between meat consumption and disease risk in more than 1.2 million people. They found that, while eating processed meats such as cold cuts, sausage and bacon was associated with a 42% higher risk of heart disease, they didn't identify any increased risk from eating unprocessed beef, pork or lamb.
Study authors say that this is the first major analysis of international data examining the impact of both processed and unprocessed meat consumption and distinguishing between the impact of the two on risk for both heart disease and diabetes. According to the analysis, individuals who regularly consumed processed meats had a 19% higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes on average, but again, researchers noted no elevated risk for the condition among those who ate unprocessed red meats.
The team of researchers, led by epidemiologist Renata Micha, defined processed meat as any lamb, beef or pork (but not chicken) that had been treated or preserved by smoking, salting or addition of other chemicals. They found that, people who consumed an average of 1.8 ounce (50 gram) serving of processed meat each day the amount of meat in a hot dog or a couple slices of deli meat faced 42% higher risk for developing heart disease and a 19% higher risk for type 2 diabetes.

Interesting stuff.