Although many of us are lovers of eating red meat, especially beef and lamb in addition to processed meat, a new study revealed a great risk of this, the most important of which is heart disease.
A study of more than 1.4 million people followed for 30 years revealed that the risk of coronary heart disease increased with increased meat intake, according to the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. Yesterday Wednesday.
The risk of coronary heart disease increased by 9%. For every 1.75 ounces (50 grams) of beef and lamb, the recommended serving size of meat is about 3 ounces (85 grams), the size of a bar of soap or playing cards, according to the American Cancer Society.
The risk was also increased by 18% for every 1.75 ounces (50 grams) of processed meat eaten, such as bacon, ham or sausage.
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“Processed meat appears to be worse for coronary heart disease,” said study co-author Annika Noble, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Oxford’s Department of Population Health.
She also explained, “This is in line with what has been found with regard to bowel cancer, where processed meat has been shown to be associated with a greater increase in risk than red meat.”
No problem with poultry
The study also provided some good news, noting that there was no link between eating poultry, such as chicken and turkey, and an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
Also, it was considered that lean meat, and most types of poultry do not contain the levels of saturated fats found in red meat, nor do they contain the high levels of sodium that are part of processed meats.
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It is noteworthy that saturated fats play a major role in the formation of a layer on the walls of the arteries, and is a major contributor to the blockage associated with coronary heart disease. Also, sodium can raise blood pressure and also restrict blood flow to the heart.
Coronary artery disease is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. It develops when fatty deposits of cholesterol cause plaque to build up on the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.