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Just 70 grams of red or processed meat increases risk of heart disease, diabetes

But increased risk mainly due to higher weight - less significant when BMI accounted for


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Eating meat regularly increases risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia and other serious illnesses.

Consumption at least three times a week was linked to a greater risk of nine different illnesses.

Based on analysis of the health records of 474,985 middle-aged Britons.

70 grams (2.5 ounces) of unprocessed red meat and processed meat daily raised the risk of heart disease by 15% and diabetes by 30%.

30 grams of poultry meat eaten daily increased the risk of developing gastro-oesophageal reflux by 17% and diabetes by 14%.

Mainly meat-eaters who were overweight or obese were running these risks.

Eating meat regularly did reduce the risk of iron-deficiency anaemia, though.

“..first to assess the risk of 25 non-cancerous conditions in relation to meat intake,” - Keren Papier, Nutritional Epidemiologist.

Anyone who eats more than 90g of red or processed meat a day should cut down to 70g - Public Health England.

Research by Oxford University published in the Journal BMC Medicine.

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BMC Medicine

Scientific Journal providing information from all areas of medicine.

Keren Papier

Nutritional Epidemiologist at Nuffield Department of Population Health

Public Health England (PHE)

Health protection agency.

University of Oxford

Collegiate research university and one of the world's leading universities

Topics mentioned on this page:
Diet, Heart Disease