Swap sausages for steak a study finds processed meat is linked to early death, but fresh cuts are easier on the heart


         Regularly eating red meat and chicken may not be as unhealthy as previously thought.

         New research suggests processed meat is linked to health risks, but unprocessed meat in small quantities is not.

         More research is needed, but evidence supports swapping out bacon and sausage for chicken or beans.


Gabby Landsverk, Insider

Mar 31, 2021


Meat might be back on the menu for a healthy diet, at least if you avoid highly-processed varieties, new research suggests.


While eating processed meat like bacon and sausage is linked to worse health outcomes, fresh cuts of red meat and chicken may not increase your risk of disease, according to a study published March 31 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Researchers from multiple universities, including McMaster University in Canada, looked at data from 134,297 people across 21 countries, including Canada, Sweden, Russia, South Africa, India, and Brazil, over a time span of nine and a half years, on average.


They found that eating more than three servings of unprocessed red meat and chicken per week was not associated with a higher risk of heart disease or earlier death from any cause.


However, people who ate more than two servings a week of processed meat were more likely to develop major cardiovascular illness and more likely to die during the study, than people who didn't eat processed meat.


Previous research has linked red meat to cancer and heart disease ...


Consider cutting back on processed meat ...


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