Eating processed meat may
increase risk of heart disease
meat - but not ordinary red meat - may raise the risk of
heart disease and diabetes, according to a new study.
Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health
have found that eating processed meat such as bacon or sausage can
lead to a 42 per cent higher risk of heart disease
and a 19 per cent higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
However, the study found people eating
unprocessed red meat, such as beef, pork or lamb, did not
increase their risk of developing these conditions.
Victoria Taylor, senior heart health dietician
at British Heart Foundation, said: “The study didn’t look at why
processed meats were linked with heart disease and
unprocessed meats weren’t. However, they suggested this might have
been due to the preservatives, like salt, added to
“If you like red meat, this can still be
included as part of a balanced heart healthy diet. Go for
lean cuts and aim to cook from scratch using healthier
cooking methods like grilling or baking. If you need to add flavour
then try using fresh and dried herbs, spices and
chillies instead of salt.”
Find out more
Read the study on processed meat and heart