eating red and processed meat increases risk of coronary heart disease

Ischemic heart disease, which is also known as coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease, is the leading cause of death in the world. Getting meat out of your diet is an important way of getting yourself out of that statistic.

Ischemic heart disease happens when the heart arteries are narrowed, causing less blood and oxygen to reach the heart. The result can be a heart attack or angina.

 A massive new systematic review and meta-analysis has established that eating meat is a major cause of ischemic heart disease. The analysis included 13 studies of 1,437,989 people from all over the world. The results were striking.

When comparing the people who eat the most red meat to the people who eat the least, the ones who ate the most had a 12% higher risk of ischemic heart disease. For each 50g a day of red meat, your risk of ischemic heart disease goes up by 9%. 50g is way less than most people eat in a single serving. A quarter pound hamburger is more than twice that big. Red meat includes beef, pork and lamb.

When comparing the people who eat the most processed meat to the people who eat the least, the ones who ate the most had an 11% higher risk of ischemic heart disease. For each 50g a day of red meat, your risk of ischemic heart disease goes up by 18%.

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 2021 July;doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2021.1949575


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