Eating Meat Increases Risk Of Heart Disease By Up To 18%, New Study Finds Eating meat like bacon, beef, and ham can increase the risk of heart disease, a study has found - Media Credit: Adobe. Do not use without permission.

Eating Meat Increases Risk Of Heart Disease By Up To 18%, New Study Finds

Red and processed meat consumption has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease


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A new study found that eating red and processed meat increases the risk of heart disease. The study, completed by researchers at the University of Oxford, is the largest ever analysis of its kind.

Researchers at Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Population Health analyzed data from 13 cohort studies. In doing so, they tracked the health of more than 1.4 million people for up to 30 years.

The analysis unveiled that eating 50g of processed meat a day increases the risk of heart disease by 18 percent. Processed meat includes bacon, sausages, salami, ham, and beef jerky, among others.

Moreover, unprocessed red meat (like beef, pork, and lamb) raises heart disease risk by 9 percent.

Anika Knüppel, a co-lead author of the study, said: “We know that meat production is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and we need to reduce meat production and consumption to benefit the environment.

“Our study shows that a reduction in red and processed meat intake would bring personal health benefits too.”

In the wake of the findings, the researchers recommended eating as little red and processed meat as possible. Knüppel also urged governments to update public health guidelines to encourage people to reduce their meat intake.

Other health risks

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) classed processed meat as a carcinogen to humans. The IARC Working Group – a cohort of scientists from around the world that evaluate carcinogenic hazards – concluded that eating processed meat causes colorectal cancer, and potentially stomach cancer.

Experts placed processed meat in the same category (IARC Group 1) as tobacco smoking and asbestos. This indicates that the evidence linking tobacco, asbestos, and processed meat to cancer is similarly strong.

WHO also announced that red meat is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’. Evidence suggested links between red meat and colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer.

In 2019, every public school in New York City banned processed meats from being served in cafeterias. The move came about when the New York City Council passed Resolution 238, which was introduced the year prior by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Fernando Cabrera. 

President Adams said at the time: “We cannot continue feeding our children substances that are scientifically proven to increase their chances of cancer later in life.”

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1 year ago

“eating meat increases the risk of heart disease”. Don’t forget to mention that eating low fat whole plants only can REVERSE heart disease and also diabetes-2: References:

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter

Eating meat does not increase the risk of heart disease. A poor diet does.

Your link reference is authored by so called plant based physicians and therefore can’t be considered objective.

Most non-industrial and indigenous peoples display exceedingly low levels of NCDs ( non communicable diseases ), no accurately documented occurrence of diabetes has been observed in hunter gatherer peoples, that maintain their traditional diets, heart attacks, strokes and rising blood pressure with age are bordering on non existing. All consume animal foods at some level.

Many Modern Degenerative Diseases are reversible by dietary reform, not just “plant only”

CampsieNP .
CampsieNP .
1 year ago

We have an issue in our local village where our tax dollars are subsidizing the 4H use of Park District land where we have a local government-owned working farm/park . They send the private cows to slaughter for private profit. When a group of us spoke out, we were demonized as attacking children.
Many of us oppose our tax dollars being used in a way that harms children by encouraging consumption of unhealthy animal flesh. It has gotten ugly as you can imagine going against the power structures that profit from these unexamined practices.
I for one am so sick and tired of the business-as-usual approach that ignores the health, environmental and cruel truth of animal exploitation that is killing people. Mega studies like this should be another of the many screaming wake up calls that things need to change. My recent experience at the local level tells me people refuse to accept the truth studies like this are telling us.

Nabi Rasch
Nabi Rasch
1 year ago

Ha! Ha! Dare you to do the same sort of hit piece on sugar.

1 year ago

Pizza Hut has to make sure its sauce vegan as well.

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