Processed meats can increase risk of heart disease

Information from this post was taken from an article by HealthZone, for the full article click here.

Processed MeatAccording to a recent study done by the Harvard School of Public Health, each 50 gram daily serving of processed meet can be linked to a 42% increased risk of developing heart disease! It can also be associated with a 19% increased risk of developing type two diabetes.

A 50 gram serving of processed meats is equivalent to one to two slices of deli meat, or hot dog. On average, Americans eat five 50 gram servings of these meats each week! According to the study, the high health risk of these products, is unlikely due to the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in each, but because they have four times more sodium than red meat.

People should begin avoiding eating too many processed meats, including bacon, sausage, salami, and deli meats. These types of meets should be consumed in moderation due to the high level of sodium it adds to the diet. It is recommended that women have two servings of meat or meat alternatives a day, whereas men should have three servings a day.

A few helpful tips:

  • Limit red meat to no more than 500 grams per week
  • Trim away any visible fat on meats before eating
  • When you have the option, choose wild meat rather than meat that is raised for food
  • Use low-temperature cooking methods such as steaming, stewing and baking
  • Reduce the amount of cancer causing substances by up to 90% by marinating meat first when barbecuing
  • Eat as little smoked meat as possible (bacon, sausage, salami, hot dogs)

If you believe you are at risk for heart disease or should see a doctor about potential risk factors, visit Sherman’s Heart and Vascular Center.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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