Study Indicates Eating Red Meat May Not Be That Unhealthy

It has been considered common knowledge that eating red meat may not be a healthy habit. People are advised to cut back on red meat as part of their daily diet to reduce risks of heart disease or cancer. But a recent study indicates that the potential risks of eating red meat are low and with evidence still uncertain.

A panel of researchers coming from six countries analyzed multiple studies that involve red meat consumption. When taken together, the researchers showed that reducing red meat consumption to three servings per week can lower cancer mortality risk to just seven per 1,000 people. The researchers indicated that such decline prove to be modest and with current statistics showing a lower degree of certainty. They also added that current evidence linking processed meat to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are quite low.

According to Bradley Johnston, epidemiology professor at Dalhousie University in Canada, “There are very small risk reductions in cancer, heart disease and diabetes, however the evidence is uncertain.” Johnston, who is also the director of the NutriRECS group that put together the guidelines further added, “So there may be a reduction — or there may not be. People need to make their own decisions. We are giving them the best estimate of the truth.”

The new guidelines based on the recent study were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine as well as in the journal of the American College of Physicians.

Source: Yahoo



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