Red Meat Consumption May Not Be That Unhealthy

It is common knowledge for many people that eating red meat may not be a healthy habit. That is why many are advised to cut back on eating red meat as part of their daily diet. The main reason is to reduce risks of heart disease or cancer. But a recent study indicates that the potential health risks associated with eating red meat are actually low and with evidence still uncertain.

A panel of researchers hailing from six countries analyzed several different studies where red meat consumption was primarily involved. When the results were 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 is considered to be modest to be conclusive. Current statistics also seem to show a lower degree of certainty. They also added that current evidence linking processed meat consumption 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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