Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Steer Clear of Processed Meats for a Healthier Heart

Source: Medline Plus (Summary by NIM)

As so much research has found a link between red meat consumption and a number of health conditions and diseases, many of us steer clear of it all together. But now, according to new findings from Harvard, it may be processed meat that we have to limit or avoid, rather than all red meat.

In the study, processed meats were defined as those that were smoked, cured or preserved in any way. Unprocessed meats, on the other hand, were defined as those like hamburger meat or steak. The lead researcher of the study said "To lower risk of heart attacks and diabetes, people should avoid eating too much processed meats -- for example, hot dogs, bacon, sausage or processed deli meats,".

The study's findings suggest that having one serving of processed meats per week is only associated with a small risk of heart disease or diabetes, so it's not something to worry too much over. The best thing to do, according to one Registered Dietitian,
is to limit, not entirely restrict, our consumption of foods such as bacon, hot dogs, salami and pepperoni in order to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Ultimately, additional research is needed to figure out what component of processed meats contributes to it's negative effects on health.

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "
Processed Meat May Harm the Heart" from Medline Plus (Mar. 7, 2010)