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Study Associates Intake Of Processed Red Meat With Heart Problems

June 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A study that analyzed health data from more than 37,000 adult men of all ages showed that eating processed red meat – smoked, cured, salted, and laced with preservatives or other chemicals – increases the risk of heart failure. Participants in the Swedish study completed questionnaires on food intake and other lifestyle factors from1998 to the date of heart failure diagnosis, death or the end of the study in 2010. Men who ate the most processed red meat (75 grams a day or more) had a 28 percent higher risk of heart failure and a 2-fold increased risk of heart failure death. The risk of heart failure or death among those who ate unprocessed red meat did not increase, however.
Joanna Kaluza et al., "Processed and Unprocessed Red Meat Consumption and Risk of Heart Failure: A Prospective Study of Men. ", Circulation: Heart Failure, June 12, 2014, © American Heart Association, Inc.
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