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Red and processed meat linked to heart disease, mega study says

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Eating beef, lamb, pork and processed meats will increase your risk of coronary heart disease later in life, but poultry doesn't appear to raise risk, the largest review of all large-scale studies to date revealed.

(CNN)Eating beef, lamb, pork and processed meats will increase your risk of coronary heart disease later in life, according to a new meta-analysis of studies on over 1. 4 million people who were followed for 30 years.

The risk for coronary heart disease increased as the amount of meat increased, according to the study published Wednesday in the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.

For each 1. 75 ounces (50 grams) of beef, lamb and pork eaten, the risk of coronary heart disease rose 9%.

"Processed meat appears to be worse for coronary heart disease," said study coauthor Anika Knüppel, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of Oxford's department of population health.

The report also delivered some good news for carnivores: There didn't appear to be a link between eating poultry, such as chicken and turkey, and an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

Studies have shown the best diets to follow to reduce risk of heart disease are plant-based.

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