Men who eat too much processed meat at more risk of heart failure says study

12 June 2014        

Sausages

Men who eat too many sausages could be at greater risk of heart failure, according to researchers.

The Swedish study looked at the diets of over 37,000 men and found those who ate more than 75g of processed red meat a day – equivalent to 3 rashers of bacon or 2 large sausages – had a 28% greater risk of developing heart failure than those who ate less than 25g a day.

The findings also showed that the men who ate the most processed red meat were over twice as likely to die from heart failure.

This risk increased by 38% for each additional 50g serving. However, eating unprocessed red meat such as pork, beef and minced meat was not found to increase risk of heart failure.

This research suggests we would do well to curb our cravings as processed red meat could be linked to an increased risk of heart failure


Tracy Parker, our Heart Health Dietician, said: “With summer in the air, many of us may be looking forward to a barbecue. But this research suggests we would do well to curb our cravings as processed red meat, such as sausages and burgers, could be linked to an increased risk of heart failure.

“The study doesn’t look into why this is the case, but suggests the adverse effect could be down to the salt and additives used to produce and preserve processed meats.

“Whilst red meat can still be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet, a healthy diet is a varied one. So if you eat lots of processed meat, try other protein choices such as chicken, fish, beans or lentils to keep your heart healthy.”