Sumary of Eating processed meat raises risk of heart disease by a fifth:
- Eating processed meat raises the risk of heart disease by a fifth, according to the largest ever analysis of research into the impact of meat consumption on cardiac health.
- The team found that eating 50g per day of processed meat, including bacon, ham and sausages, increased the risk of heart disease by 18% owing to its high salt and saturated fat content.
- Our study shows that a reduction in red and processed meat intake would bring personal health benefits too.
- She urged policymakers to strengthen public health guidelines to encourage more people to limit their processed red meat intake.
- Researchers at Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Population Health analysed all the available evidence, including 13 cohort studies tracking the health of more than 1.4 million people for up to 30 years, to establish definitively the link between coronary heart disease and red meat consumption.