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Articles August 2010 Issue

Bacon, But Not Steak, Indicted in Heart Disease & Diabetes

A recent systematic review and metaanalysis of 20 prior studies totaling about 1.2 million people has good news and bad news for meat lovers. The good news is that eating unprocessed red meat such as beef, pork or lamb was not associated with an increased risk of heart disease or diabetes. The bad news is that the same canít be said of processed meats like bacon, sausage, salami, luncheon meat or hot dogs: Eating just 50 grams (1.8 ounces, about one hot dog or two slices of salami) of processed meat daily was associated with a 42% greater risk of heart disease and 19% increased risk of diabetes.

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